Man, 97, Becomes ‘World’s Oldest Graduate’

An Australian great-grandfather claimed to be the world’s oldest graduate on Friday after being awarded a clinical science degree at age 97.

Allan Stewart, who took his first degree in 1936 and completed a law degree in 2006, said he kept going back to university “to keep mentally active.”

The Sydney-born former dentist told Australia’s AAP news agency that retirement was not about putting your feet up.

“People should never use the excuse that ‘I’m too old to study’ or ‘I’ve left my run too late,’“ he said. “It’s never too late to expand your mind, make new friends and challenge yourself to achieve something worthwhile.”

He said that mastering computers was the hardest part of getting back into studying.

“I was self-taught in that respect,” he said, noting that “all of the assignments I had to do on computer and send it up to the university by electronic submission.” – Sapa-dpa

34 Responses to "Man, 97, Becomes ‘World’s Oldest Graduate’"

  1. PIKE   May 5, 2012 at 8:55 am

    con grants to this old man

  2. Julius Malema   May 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

    in Africa thts wasteage! we get degrees to be promoted or show them how much we know.thts my opinion.

  3. 1 ray   May 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

    ba julius muli ba jelas tamwakwatapo na certificat .congratulastions old man

  4. kakolww   May 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Lesson learnt shikulu!!

  5. Wanu Ngwee   May 5, 2012 at 10:05 am

    What inspiration! Great grand dad you’ve given us serious food for thought. Materialism now reigns so much over us that the culture of reading is waning. I remember competing with friends over how many books one had read when I was young. Today it’s about how many movies one has seen! But thanks Mr Stewart for the challenge and encouragement – am registering for my next post graduate degree this June.

  6. patience pays   May 5, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Congrats indeed he is an inspiration to me I was thinking am too old to get a degree at 26 bt u av proved me otherwise bigups!

  7. umupondo mukuka   May 5, 2012 at 10:29 am

    congrats granpa u da man.

  8. 10 yr old graduate   May 5, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Takwaba kukota kuli somology yena!!

  9. Zambiano   May 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

    He was my classmate…

  10. @wanu ngwee dats true. Materialisn now reigns 4sure. Evrybdy just thinks of completn college study, getn a job, buyin thoz cheap dot com cars, and shining to the world. That aint life, knowledge is power. Knowledge can bring more material stuff than thoz   May 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Call me zambiano

  11. Mwenya mwaume   May 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Keep it up granny! a great inspiration to us. we need such pipo even here in Zambia not jst studing witchcraft ifikote fyamu Zambia.

  12. Princess   May 5, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Congrats grandpa.u have inspired me indeed.i will kip on studyn hard.

  13. Kim   May 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    @Julius waba etole!

  14. muse   May 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    congrats!thumbsup oldman you motivate me,

  15. FTJ   May 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Julius ur right. I agree with u 100%

    In africa bonaushi

  16. Princess   May 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Thumbs up old man u re the man.

  17. ladyfree   May 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    what a great inspration

  18. miponto   May 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    kwena ba malema uli cipuwa to ma thole…….congrats madala. eduction is 4 all young and old sikoolu si sila baba malema. ba sata should also apply at lusaka trades, not uku landa ati i have a humble education yaba tumfweko…. pa zed

  19. Son of IGWE: CHIBZ II ~BEMBA~   May 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    SHIKULU WERE ARE U TAKING THAT DEGREE…? Mule pwishafya space pa ma university kushilako abaiche
    Mulefwaya ukupangafye ISHINA MUDALA!
    Bad mannerz old man!

  20. Nandibo Mpoosepo   May 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    This is very inspiring indeed! I forget so much these days I fear kuti nawa if I went back to study.

  21. Diva 1   May 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Pa z.sme one wants to fulfil hs dreams ati bad mannerz na boastng.i apreciate u old man,kip it up.mwefibuba go to hel.amano yepi

  22. Malama   May 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Ha ha ha!what a jake inspiration 97 get ins pired at a tender age anyway thumbs up shikulu 4 yo hardwork

  23. Mukundantoto   May 6, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Great job BIG man! Katuya mudaala!!Very inspirational…

  24. Cosgyn   May 6, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Congruts big man!

  25. Kopala   May 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Congrats granny, dis is so inspirin. I thot am old @ age 29 to be in my last yr of study for a degree. Only sky is d limit!!!

  26. Octopus   May 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    If o zambians thot like this man, this country would have been very very different! I’m greatly inspired! All pf cadres please, join the bandwagon, and enroll yoselves in these universities and colleges springing up everywhere…!

  27. Chelsea   May 7, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Big up old man,but where were u when u were 20yrs or so? u’re like the third servant who buried his talent coz very soon u’l bury ur degree, wasted education.

  28. chela   May 7, 2012 at 4:10 am

    where r yu going to do yu industrial break,then you work for 1yrs and die.waste of tim and resources.what were r u doing at the age of 20.old man you r a disgrace on earth we learn to impliment change,we r taught to make an impact on earth and not weste the tim of our teachers.sham on you old man

  29. chela   May 7, 2012 at 4:15 am

    congrats ifinshi…..that man has ben falling from childhood doing the same thing up to the age of 97.then you say congrats.nongu fyakulanda tamukwete.i will spare that congrats for the young stars.

  30. Bbala Ngombe   May 7, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Congrats shikulu,may be Ukwa will get inspired nd gather his gats nd become the first 70 yrs old man, to get grade 12 GCE Certificate in zed.

  31. bana mpundu   May 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I’ve been greatly inspired by this ka old man tho i think he did this purely for basic understanding, doubt if he can get employed at his age. But anyway, i though getting a degree at 36 was too old! So i can even do my masters, wow! Big up to you old man.

  32. KATEZ   May 7, 2012 at 10:49 am


  33. CSI   May 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    he is way past the retirement age, i think he was just trying to make record