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Weird World : Woman becomes Italy’s oldest graduate at 96

A 96-year-old man has become Italy’s oldest graduate.

Giuseppe Paterno was awarded first-class honours in a philosophy degree from the University of Palermo.

He had aimed to get a university education since his childhood in the 1930s, although he was prevented by poverty, war and family commitments.

Paterno said: “I’ve finally realised my dream.

“Being able to study has always been my greatest aspiration, but my family wasn’t able to pay for my education. We were a large family and very poor.”

Paterno began his degree in 2017 and admits he would spend hours studying despite his advanced years.

He explained: “I’d wake up at seven to study. I’d use an old typewriter to complete my assignments. I’d rest in the afternoon and in the evening I’d study until midnight. My neighbours used to ask, ‘why all this trouble at your age?’ But they couldn’t understand the importance of reaching a dream, regardless of my age.”

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