William “Monty” Elam has been legally blind since an operation almost a decade ago left him without sight in either eye. But that didn’t stop him from earning a bachelor’s degree in turfgrass science online through Penn State World Campus.
Elam, 52, is one of the almost 14,000 students who graduated during the University’s spring commencement.
Elam chose World Campus for its flexibility and so that he wouldn’t have to rely on other people to drive him to classes at a traditional campus. Most of his classmates aren’t aware of his disability, he said, even when they do group projects together.
“All the professors have been wonderful,” he said. “They’ve been very accommodating.”
Elam completed his degree while working full time as director of golf at a course in Ottawa Lake, Michigan, a few miles from his home in Toledo.