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Cumbrian man, 93, becomes oldest open university graduate
1:06pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
A 93-year-old man has become The Open University’s oldest graduate gaining a BA Open Degree in Arts.
Former engineer Clifford Dadson, from Grange, decided to study again after his wife, Rae, passed away.
His achievement comes 60 years on from his last educational experience, when he achieved a Higher National Certificate in Electrical Engineering from London Northampton Polytechnic.
This time he graduated at the Barbican Centre in London on September 20.
Speaking about his graduation, Clifford said: “I spoke to many graduates from many different nations and backgrounds, all of whom were so much younger than I, but it made me feel young at heart."
"It was a joy to be with young people who now have the world at their feet."
After a high-flying career in control and communications, Mr Dadson decided to pursue further studies with The Open University.
He hopes his achievement can serve as an encouragement to others to fulfil their ambitions.
He said: "I have been greatly helped by my tutors. Much has changed since I last studied and the OU has introduced the means whereby those who want a degree or diploma to take them forward, now find that it is within their grasp."
Christina Lloyd, director of teaching and learner support at The Open University, said: “We offer our warm congratulations to Clifford on his graduation.
“Recently, we celebrated the success of our youngest graduate Cameron, aged 16, who obtained a degree in Maths.
“Clifford’s and Cameron’s success aptly demonstrates that there is no age barrier to learning.”
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