Bob and Virginia Linskey, of Jenkins Township, both graduated with Master’s Degrees on May 17.
Bob, 54, received his Master’s Degree in the field of Business and Administration from Misericordia University while Virginia, 55, received hers in the field of Science and Nursing from Wilkes University.
Bob currently works as the Director of Accounting at Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) in Nanticoke while Virginia is a nurse at Geisinger Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.
“We never expected it,” Bob said. “We both had taken master’s courses years ago, and at the same time we decided to finish. The joke was who would finish first. She finished in December, but her ceremoney was in May.”
Bob and Virginia were both pursing their master’s Degrees decades ago, but their children, eldest daughter Melissa and youngest Jessica, were heavily involved in extracurricular activities, forcing the two to put their dreams of obtaining degrees on hold.
“I was halfway done in the mid 90s when my kids were involved in other things,” said Bob. “I didn’t want to miss anything, so I stopped and I got my certification as a Management Accountant. About eight years ago, I was called to resume my education, but I couldn’t do it due to my tinnitus (which causes ringing in the ears) and it made it difficult to concentrate. You get used to it they tell me. In the summer of 2011, I decided to just go for it.”
Melissa Linskey graduated from Temple University on May 17, 2013, exactly one year before both of her parents graduated with their Master’s Degrees.
Jessica Linskey recieved her Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from King’s College on May 18, one day after Bob and Virginia.
“I think it’s a big deal,” said Bob. “My wife and I, at our age, getting our degrees with our daughter graduating the next day; it doesn’t happen every day. I can guarantee that anyone that (graduated) from King’s on May 18, their parents did not get masters degrees the day before.”
As far as how he feels now that his journey to obtain his master’s is completed, Bob admits he feels both a sense of relief, and a sense of worry in terms of keeping himself occupied.
“I am feeling relief that it’s over,” he said. “I also have that ‘what am I going to do now?’ feeling because it’s been quite some time since the fall of 2011. I always had something to keep me busy, so when I came home from work I either had to read a case, write an essay or something. It’s going to take some getting used to. Some things around the house may need some attention.”
Bob will continue his work at LCCC while Virginia will continue hers at Geisinger, stating that their degrees offer them both better opportunities in the future.