College teachers, including lecturers and professors on all levels retire differently for various reasons. First it does have everything to do with how well they have managed to save for their own retirement. Most college professors will be taken care of to a degree, some more than others, but on average they better have taken advantage of retirement planning of course.
There was a college professor at my alma mater, Texas State University, and she was teaching 16th century British Literature. She was in her mid to late 70s, and it was seriously time for her to retire. That’s not to just cite her age because it was about her actions, although everyone liked her. The point is she either couldn’t or chose not to retire. You just never know sometimes because every situation is different.
Do you have a college professor in the family, or are you the professor? Trying to find gift ideas for every occasion but also to mark their retirement, with respect for everything they have done in their teaching life, can be difficult but not impossible. As mentioned, there are lecturers, and then there are different levels of professors. That can have everything to do with pay and retirement, as can the institution in question. A professor at a local community college isn’t going to make near the money a professor at Harvard is going to make, no matter the ranking, so you get the picture.
A good way to say goodbye to a teacher or professor is to give them a great leaving speech, like the one in this video:
One of my favorite professors was an English professor at Texas State. Her husband was also an English professor there. That is something you might expect from a smaller institution, but Texas State is a rather large school. You can imagine that both of them are going to enjoy quite the nice retirement. Another favorite professor of mine there in the same department was also in his 70’s like the woman professor mentioned earlier. I had conversations outside of class with him while we smoked cigarettes, and so should have asked him why he hadn’t retired, although it is a personal question.
Some professors take teaching as a lifetime commitment, and they go for as long as they can. Teaching isn’t perhaps the easiest occupation to keep doing in later years, but many do it for sure. Others do choose to retire, and what do they do with their lives? Many of them do the same types of things that everyone else does in retirement. They just go with the flow and keep it interesting and also in service to others. When trying to find the perfect retirement gifts for men and women. I would try thinking about what classes and hobbies the recipient taught or liked during their teaching life. You’re going to have time on your hands, and you’re going to figure the rest out for yourself.