World's oldest graduate enrols again

by 25 Mar 2010

A 95-year-old father of six, with 17 grandchildren and great grandchildren, has proven age is no barrier and that it's never too late to learn.

At 91, Allan Stewart made history for being the world's oldest university graduate after completing a Bachelor of Law at the University of New England in 2006. And now, at 95, Stewart has enrolled in another degree - this time a Master of Clinical Sciences at Southern Cross University.

A retired dental practitioner from Tea Gardens, north of Newcastle, Stewart lives by the maxim: "As long as you keep pedalling the bike, you won't fall off." He believes in four main principles - fitness of body, fitness of mind, spiritual fitness and purpose of life fitness - and is looking forward to breaking his own record and inspiring seniors all over Australia.

Stewart said he noticed that distance education has come a long way and is experimenting with new technologies which allow him to speak with his lecturers from his home.

"It is so convenient to be able to study via distance education which is a more flexible study option for older people like me," Stewart said.

"Obviously, you can't make plans too far ahead, and you more or less live from day to day, but there is still more of life's journey ahead - and that is the exciting part.

"Whether you are 19 or 90, life is about doing the best you can."

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