Bernard Cutler

Bernard CutlerBernard Cutler

WWII Veteran
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Member
2024 Sussex County Community College Graduate: AAS - Technical Studies

"I am a World War II veteran, where I was a heavy weapons infantryman. In addition, I worked as a cook and played the trombone while in the service. After the war, I continued my career working for an electronics firm until I retired at the age of 77. At 84, a friend encouraged me to explore new options to help cope with the loss of my wife of 60 years. I knew I couldn’t get a traditional job, so I decided to take classes at the Sussex County Community College. The advisor I spoke with encouraged me to pursue a college degree.

In the fall of 2012, I embarked on a new educational journey at SCCC. I started taking two classes per semester. Initially, I was apprehensive about being in classes with much younger students. I worried that my age would be a barrier, making the experience difficult. However, these students were incredibly welcoming. They enjoyed having me in class and often asked me about my life experiences.
Curiosity has always been a part of me, and I believe it's crucial to stay inquisitive, meet new people, and keep your brain active as you age. Engaging my mind has kept me sharp, and I’ve certainly learned a lot. I’ve developed a deep understanding of what younger students are going through. My different life experiences provided me with a unique perspective.

With support, I became an honors student in Phi Theta Kappa at the age of 90. This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, helping to keep me alive. The professors and students have been incredible. It truly is a wonderful school.

No matter your age, learning is a marvelous thing. My time at the college has changed my life and I believe you should never stop learning. Though I might shed tears over not being able to do it all over again, I will return to take more classes. I’m not done yet."