In a world of almost seven billion people, 97-year-old Southern Cross University graduate Allan Stewart stands alone.
Not only does Allan already hold the Guinness World Records title for being the World’s Oldest Graduate – a title he earned after graduating with a law degree aged 91 – but today he will surpass it.
Allan will graduate with a Master of Clinical Science (Complementary Medicine) at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus – gaining his fourth university degree.
‘I think I can hang up my mortar board and academic robes after this one – although I said that after my last degree and then I got bored. I have so much time on my hands these days and I like to keep mentally active,’ the nonagenarian said.
Allan’s unique achievement has set a phenomenal benchmark in human history.
At the age of 97 years and 58 days the erudite, energetic and exceptionally handsome bachelor, who looks and thinks like a man 30 years younger, will take to the podium to receive his degree and deliver the graduate address.
He promises to regale the crowd with comparisons of ‘then and now’, recounting the many differences he has encountered being a university student in 2012 compared to his university days in the 1930s when he undertook his first degree in dentistry.
It may seem incomprehensible to the casual observer how this man, nearing his 100th year, can still have his intellectual faculties so sharp and finely honed that he can achieve a postgraduate qualification in such an academically rigorous degree.