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Giuseppe Paterno, 96, Italy

Knowledge a ‘treasure’ for Italy’s oldest student, Giuseppe Paterno, who graduates at 96

At 96, Giuseppe Paterno has confronted many checks in life – childhood poverty, conflict and, extra lately, the coronavirus pandemic. Now he has sailed by means of an examination that makes him Italy’s oldest college graduate.

This week, the previous railway employee stepped ahead to obtain his diploma and the standard laurel wreath awarded to Italian college students after they graduate, applauded by his household, academics and fellow college students greater than 70 years his junior.

“I am a normal person, like many others,” he stated, when requested what it felt wish to be graduating so late. “In terms of age I have surpassed all the others but I didn’t do it for this.”

Giuseppe Paterno, 96, Italy’s oldest scholar, takes his ultimate examination on-line, for his undergraduate diploma that he has been learning for in historical past and philosophy on the University of Palermo, utilizing a laptop computer at his dwelling, resulting from social distancing measures applied in the course of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak, in Palermo, Italy, June 23, 2020.
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Already in his 90s when he enrolled for a level in History and Philosophy on the University of Palermo, Paterno grew up loving books, however he by no means had the possibility to review.

“I said, ‘that’s it, now or never,’ and so in 2017, I decided to enrol,” he instructed Reuters in his house within the Sicilian metropolis of Palermo, which he not often leaves these days resulting from his frailty.

    “I understood that it was a little late to get a three-year degree but I said to myself ‘let’s see if I can do it’.”

Giuseppe Paterno, 96, Italy's oldest student, has breakfast in his kitchen, two days before he graduates from The University of Palermo with an undergraduate degree in history and philosophy, at his home in Palermo, Italy, July 27, 2020.

Giuseppe Paterno, 96, Italy’s oldest scholar, has breakfast in his kitchen, two days earlier than he graduates from The University of Palermo with an undergraduate diploma in historical past and philosophy, at his dwelling in Palermo, Italy, July 27, 2020.
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On Wednesday, he graduated first in his class with high honours, receiving congratulations from the college chancellor Fabrizio Micari.

GREAT DEPRESSION, THEN WAR

Growing up in a poor household in Sicily within the years earlier than the Great Depression, Paterno acquired solely primary education as a toddler. He joined the navy and served throughout World War Two earlier than happening to work within the railways as he married and introduced up two kids.

In a society targeted on rebuilding after the conflict, work and household have been the priorities, however Paterno needed to be taught and graduated from highschool on the age of 31, at all times harbouring a want to go additional.

The graduation certificate of Giuseppe Paterno's, 96, Italy's oldest student, who completed his undergraduate degree in history and philosophy, is pictured at the University of Palermo, in Palermo, Italy, July 29, 2020.

The commencement certificates of Giuseppe Paterno’s, 96, Italy’s oldest scholar, who accomplished his undergraduate diploma in historical past and philosophy, is pictured on the University of Palermo, in Palermo, Italy, July 29, 2020.
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“Knowledge is like a suitcase that I carry with me, it is a treasure,” he stated.

As a scholar, he tapped out his essays on the guide typewriter his mom gave him when he retired from the railways in 1984. He eschewed Google in favour of printed books and was not tempted by the late-night scholar events of his 20-year-old classmates, who applauded him warmly on the commencement ceremony.

“You are an example for younger students,” his Sociology professor, Francesca Rizzuto, instructed him after he handed his ultimate oral examination in June.

An old photograph of Giuseppe Paterno dressed as a sailor at his elementary school in 1933, is pictured in Paterno's home in Palermo, Italy, November 4, 2019. Paterno who is now 96 years old, is studying for an undergraduate degree in history and philosophy from The University of Palermo.

An previous {photograph} of Giuseppe Paterno dressed as a sailor at his elementary faculty in 1933, is pictured in Paterno’s dwelling in Palermo, Italy, November 4, 2019. Paterno who’s now 96 years previous, is learning for an undergraduate diploma in historical past and philosophy from The University of Palermo.
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Paterno confessed to a bit of unease with the video calls that changed classroom educating in the course of the coronavirus shutdown, however stated he was not postpone by the illness itself after the conflict and every thing else he had been by means of.

“All of that strengthened us, all of my peer group, all of those who are still alive,” he stated. “It didn’t really scare us that much.”

As for what he deliberate to do subsequent, he stated he was not about to cease now he had graduated.

“My project for the future is to devote myself to writing; I want to revisit all the texts I didn’t have a chance to explore further. This is my goal.”

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Only the headline has been modified.)

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