Jersey Proud: Man receives Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies despite being unable to play instrument

Thomas Scalora, 69, graduated from William Paterson University in 1978 with a Bachelor's of Science. But he loved something more: music.

News 12 Staff

May 20, 2022, 2:30 AM

Updated 794 days ago

Share:

A Paterson native continued to follow his passion and now holds a new degree to his name.
Thomas Scalora, 69, graduated from William Paterson University in 1978 with a Bachelor's of Science. But he loved something more: music.
Scalora was in a car accident when he was in his 40s that damaged his spine and gave him nerve damage in his right arm and hand. It left him unable to play an instrument.
But at the age of 64, he decided to take a music class at William Paterson.
Now, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Studies and had a great time along the way.


More from News 12
2:32
What are the next steps for democrats as Biden drops out of 2024 presidential race?

What are the next steps for democrats as Biden drops out of 2024 presidential race?

2:15
Mix of sun and clouds in New Jersey before pop-up showers, storms this evening

Mix of sun and clouds in New Jersey before pop-up showers, storms this evening

2:32
Multiple alarm fire damages Bayonne home; no injuries

Multiple alarm fire damages Bayonne home; no injuries

1:19
‘Too old.’ ‘A surprise.’ ‘It’s mature.’ New Jersey residents react to Biden’s decision to step down

‘Too old.’ ‘A surprise.’ ‘It’s mature.’ New Jersey residents react to Biden’s decision to step down

2:18
Do you know how accurate your credit report is? Kane in Your Corner shows you how to spot, fix mistakes

Do you know how accurate your credit report is? Kane in Your Corner shows you how to spot, fix mistakes

0:19
Parking garage fire causes Stop & Shop in Union to close

Parking garage fire causes Stop & Shop in Union to close

1:51
Made in New Jersey: The Healing Bras provides relief during painful moments

Made in New Jersey: The Healing Bras provides relief during painful moments

1:33
President Biden announces end of 2024 bid for presidency; endorses VP Kamala Harris for pick

President Biden announces end of 2024 bid for presidency; endorses VP Kamala Harris for pick

4:22
How VP Kamela Harris could get presidential nomination after the end of Biden's reelection bid

How VP Kamela Harris could get presidential nomination after the end of Biden's reelection bid

1:00
NJ Democratic lawmakers thank President Biden for his service in wake decision to step down

NJ Democratic lawmakers thank President Biden for his service in wake decision to step down

2:08
National and local lawmakers stunned by Biden's decision not to seek reelection

National and local lawmakers stunned by Biden's decision not to seek reelection

Officials release statements following President Biden's decision to end reelection bid

Officials release statements following President Biden's decision to end reelection bid

0:56
Belleville church hosts blood drive to combat shortage over summer

Belleville church hosts blood drive to combat shortage over summer

1:01
Edison High School assistant principal accused of making threats to Muslim students

Edison High School assistant principal accused of making threats to Muslim students

0:17
Police: Stratford man killed in motorcycle crash near Tinton Falls

Police: Stratford man killed in motorcycle crash near Tinton Falls

0:27
Delta: Unaccompanied minor travel paused following global technology outage

Delta: Unaccompanied minor travel paused following global technology outage

0:34
Over 1,600 U.S. flights canceled Saturday due to global technology outage

Over 1,600 U.S. flights canceled Saturday due to global technology outage

0:19
Police: 4 people injured in East Windsor crash

Police: 4 people injured in East Windsor crash

1:30
Officials: Calls to 988 have increased since its creation 2 years ago

Officials: Calls to 988 have increased since its creation 2 years ago