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The Power of Persistance

Henry Ramer earned his master's degree in global affairs on the "53-year plan."

Graduation day is here, and Henry Ramer is fretting about his next steps once he receives his master’s degree in global affairs from Rutgers University-Newark.

Such concerns are typical for college students. What makes Ramer unusual is that he is receiving his master’s degree from the Graduate School’s Division of Global Affairs May 18 at age 73, having retired in 2012 from a successful career as a real estate and zoning attorney in Wayne.

“I’m approaching a precipice, I’m going to get my degree and I don’t have any obvious program of study in front of me,” said Ramer, who intends to explore options pursuing a Ph.D. or teaching at the university level.

“I can’t really imagine that I would stop going to school or taking courses,” Ramer said. “It’s just too much a part of who I am.”

Ramer received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 1962 and earned his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1966. Two years with the Peace Corps followed in Brazil, where he found the time to pick up a certificate of specialization from the University of Sao Paulo.

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