After 32 years, dad is now grad

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 11, 2012 - 5:38 AM

For some students, life has a way of stretching out a four-year degree. Bob Alberti started at the University of Minnesota in 1980 and, with gaps along the way, took classes for 20 years. Graduation was always his goal. But there were other goals, too -- starting a company, a family, a comedy duo.

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usamickeyMay. 10, 1211:08 PM

hats off to you! someday i hope to follow in your footsteps.

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endothermMay. 11, 1212:14 AM

Congratulations! Balancing work, school and college isn't easy. You earned this.

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awshucksMay. 11, 12 6:55 AM

Conga-rats Bob - from someone who has followed a similar path, starting college in 1972, and finally finishing at Metropolitan State in 1996. And I didn't have enough, went back for my MBA too. Others who have had a college plan interrupted will find many resources out there to help them get back on track - including of course, the U of M and MnSCU. Also keep in mind that not everybody needs a 4 year degree - there are tons of challenging and rewarding careers that require a 2 year technical degree, so don't jump on the 4 year bandwagon without some serious thought about your own interest in higher education and the type of work you really want to do.

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EbuddyMay. 11, 12 7:09 AM

Mr. Alberti deserves his due congratulations but I don't see why his story is any different than those other adults who finally completed a college degree in their 40's, 50's and beyond.

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bbergsonMay. 11, 12 7:49 AM

I went back to school after a 20 year break. It's not easy, and I congratulate Bob on his graduation!

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pendrakeMay. 11, 1210:51 AM

Ahh that early lesson of "Your adviser is worthless". It got me too. In my first year of CS degree, my adviser suggested that I take a Scheme course. I took his advice and flunked out. That was a 300 level course and I haven't written a single programed yet! I later learned that you need to come up with your own 4 year plan, and figure things out on your own. I went back after 15 year break with that knowledge, and got my degree... and yes the second time around my adviser made very bad suggestions... This time I ignored them and followed my plan. Graduated with a 3.5 GPA to boot. Biggest lesson I learned - Self reliance.

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Bob AlbertiJul. 26, 1211:20 AM

Thanks for the kind comments everybody! Ebuddy, to answer your very good question - a point that was edited out of the article, and the reason this story existed, is that this article is a FOLLOW UP. I was interviewed by the Star Tribune in 1992 for a story about college students who were taking a long time to graduate - at the time I was at TWELVE years, and boy did THAT seem like a long time. So when a friend who works at the Star Tribune heard I was finally graduating, they remembered that story and proposed this one. Then due to editing constraints, the mention of the prior article got dropped - which is a pity because that's the funniest part of the whole story!

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