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95-Year-Old Man Finally Graduates From University With Master’s Degree

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Whether you are starting a new career, exploring a passion, or realizing long-held aspirations, individuals of any age can make significant progress and achieve their objectives. This ageless truth was exemplified by a remarkable individual, a 95-year-old man from Surrey, who recently made history by obtaining a Master’s degree in Modern European Philosophy from Kingston University.

Dr. David Marjot, a seasoned psychiatrist who qualified to practice in 1952, revealed that his motivation to pursue another university degree stemmed from a profound and unwavering desire to know more about philosophy. Thankfully, he was successful at it, and his recent accomplishment has made him the oldest person ever to graduate from the University.

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95-year-old man earns his Master’s degree

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The nonagenarian who shared details about his passion explained that he was just optimistic that he would achieve his goal despite all odds. “It’s a bit of a gamble,” he said, “but if you’re interested then go for it. I knew I was limited on time, so when I saw an advert for a course that was local to me, I decided to apply.

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He noted that the entire procedure was notably burdensome, attributing it to his advanced age, making it more challenging. “It was hard work. My memory is not quite what it used to be, but I was lucky to have world-class teachers, and it was a very positive experience,” Marjot added. “I think it is important to always keep challenging yourself, even as you get older.”

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The graduate, who was joined by his son and son-in-law at the graduation ceremony at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, noted that he enjoyed his time as a student. “The staff and students were so accommodating to me,” he shared. “It has been a wonderful course, so it’s been an honour to do this degree and be a part of such a fantastic university.”

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Professor Stella Sandford, one of the lecturers who taught Marjot, added that he was an exemplary student. “David came [here] having already had an illustrious career, and he brought a wealth of knowledge and experience with him into class discussions,” she admitted. “He once told the class about his childhood experience of Empire Day 1938 and compared it to Remembrance Sunday 2022. He was able to connect all that up to what we were studying. It was an amazing and very moving contribution to the class.”

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