News and Announcements
Theatre major Dorothy Dunne is a college grad. at age 78...
"Couple to receive degrees tonight"
Dorothy Dunne, 78, and her husband Harold, 82, will be graduating tonight during Wayne State University’s commencement ceremonies. She is getting her first bachelor's degree in theatre and her husband will be receiving his third bachelor’s degree – in Spanish.
Observer & Eccentric, 4/26
"You are never too old to learn
Livonia couple, ages 78 and 82, to receive Wayne State degrees in May"
by Ken Abramczyk
Harold and Dorothy Dunne view life as an educational journey and a lengthy course in self-improvement. On May 7, Dorothy, 78, and Harold, 82, will take another step on that road of lifelong learning when they receive bachelor of arts degrees from Wayne State University. Dorothy will receive her bachelor of arts degree in theatre with a minor in Spanish, while her husband Harold, 82, will receive his bachelor of arts in Spanish. Harold's degree is his third. He earned a bachelor of arts in sociology from WSU in 1979 and a juris doctor from the Wayne State University School of Law in 1983. Dorothy will be getting her first baccalaureate degree. Dorothy credits Wayne State's theatre program. “It increased my knowledge and made me a better actor today,” Dorothy said. “It gave me the knowledge of what goes on behind the stage, knowledge of costuming and building a stage.” Wayne State's program was more in-depth than what she learned in community theatre. “I'm knowledgeable enough now, and that had to do with the classes,” Dorothy said. Photos of Harold and Dorothy Dunne are included.
The Detroit News, 4/21
"Never too old: At 78, she'll be a college graduate
Actress, mother will earn degree May 7 from Wayne State"
by Kim Kozlowski
Dorothy Dunne has been studying for her final exams so she can don a cap and gown and get a diploma this spring from Wayne State University. Although thousands of other students will complete their studies at Michigan's colleges and universities in coming weeks, Dunne isn't the typical graduate: She is getting her first bachelor's degree at 78. Alongside her at WSU's May 7 commencement ceremony will be her 81-year-old husband, Harold Dunne, who is getting his third bachelor's degree. "I am absolutely elated," said Dorothy Dunne, a Livonia resident who majored in theatre after acting for years in community theatre, commercials and films. "I am so proud of myself. I truly didn't think I could do it." Joel Silvers, a WSU film instructor who has known Dunne for 10 years, says he considers her one of the most interesting and cultured people he's ever met. "Although she is just now getting her degree, in my book, she has many degrees," Silvers said. "She is my professor. She has so much to teach. She has so much wisdom and so much life experience." Mary Cooney, a WSU lecturer in theatre, says “she’s an absolute role model for us all.”