Monday 25 September 2017

Student, 82, picks up his degree

Roger Roberts picks up a university degree at the age of 82
Roger Roberts picks up a university degree at the age of 82

A student aged 82 has become the oldest person at his university to graduate.

Roger Roberts has picked up a degree in economic and social studies and international politics at Aberystwyth University.

Mr Roberts, who lives in Aberystwyth, wore his cap and gown after studying for his degree over a four-year period.

It took him longer than usual to complete his degree because of ill health during the last couple of years of study.

He said: "I suffer from chronic asthma and so it took me longer than expected to finish the degree, but I'm delighted to have finally made it. I am looking forward to the ceremony and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here."

Mr Roberts, who spent his career in the health service, is no stranger to university life. This will be his second degree - in 2005 he graduated with a BA Hons in American studies.

"I retired in 1993 but worked part-time for some years before retiring completely in 2001," he added. "That's when I got the idea of studying at university. I thought to myself - this wonderful facility is on my doorstep and I should really be studying for something rather than wasting my time at home."

Professor Michael Foley, head of the international politics department, said Mr Roberts was born in 1929 - making him only ten years younger than the department of international politics itself.

"Although he had some health issues over the last two years, he continued to produce academic work of great quality," he said.

"His graduation this year is an achievement that has earned him great respect and the admiration of everyone within the department. It also shows that age need not confine personal ambition and that it is never too late to strike out in new directions."

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