Man, 96, celebrates becoming oldest student to graduate in Italy

Man, 96, celebrates becoming oldest student to graduate in Italy

- A 96-year-old man named Giuseppe Paterno has become the oldest student to graduate in Italy

- The former railway worker graduated with a degree in history and philosophy from the University of Palermo

- The nonagenarian started his university journey in 2017 and graduated three years later

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The oldest student in Italy, identified as Giuseppe Paterno, has celebrated after graduating from the University of Palermo.

Paterno, who is 96 years old, graduated with a degree in history and philosophy, World Economic Forum reports.

The nonagenarian said when he enrolled in 2017, he understood that it was rather late to get a three-year degree but he still went ahead with it.

Paterno said:

"I said: 'That's it - now or never,' and so in 2017, I decided to enrol. I understood that it was a little late to get a three-year degree but I said to myself 'Let's see if I can do it'."⠀
Italy's oldest student graduates

Giuseppe Paterno. Photo credit: People
Source: UGC

Going back to school at such an advanced age is rare and Paterno may have made the decision in fulfilment of his dream before leaving the surface of the earth.

According to Reuters, the former railway worker was commended by his family and the university's staff and students.

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In other news, a woman identified as Nwamaka Oparaoji has taken to social media to narrate how she survived since she lost her father at the age of nine.

Nwamaka, who took to her LinkedIn page to share her story, said she travelled to the United States with a bachelor's degree and worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken drive-through window.

According to her, she made $50 per week, took three buses to work and got paid $5.60 per hour.

The woman, who said she was given a childhood pet name that means worthless woman, disclosed that she also worked as a nursing assistant.

Nwamaka said she started education all over again from English 101 at a community college and worked three jobs while raising three boys despite the fact that she was at school full-time.

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