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Grange man gets a degree - at 93 years old!
A 93-year-old man has become the Open University’s oldest graduate, gaining a BA open degree in the arts.
Former engineer Clifford Dadson, from Grange-over-Sands, decided to study again after his wife, Rae, passed away.
His achievement comes 60 years after his last educational experience, when he got a Higher National Certificate in electrical engineering from London Northampton Polytechnic. This time he graduated at the Barbican Centre in London.
Mr Dadson 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 earlier 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.
“I have been greatly helped by my tutors,” he said. “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.”
After five years of studying for his degree, Mr Dadson completed his final exams in June. He felt as though ‘something was missing’ and decided to carry on with his studies.
He has now signed up for a second Open University module ‘Why is religion important?’ as he believes the issue is one of the biggest problems in society.
“I have great support from my friends, who probably consider me to be crazy. However, many have called me inspirational and that is what it’s all about for me.”
He said studying educated, stimulated and motivated the mind and was a great way to spend retirement. “You are never too old to learn is what I like to say.”
Christina Lloyd, director of teaching at the OU, offered her congratulations and said: “Recently, we celebrated the success of our youngest graduate, aged 16, who obtained a maths degree.
“Clifford’s success aptly demonstrates that there is no age barrier to learning.”
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