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96-year-Old Man Makes History, Becomes Oldest University Graduate in Italy

At 96, Giuseppe Paterno has faced many tests in life - childhood poverty, war and, more recently, the coronavirus pandemic. Now he has sailed through an exam that makes him Italy's oldest university graduate.

Education and Career | | August 5, 2020, 5:07 pm
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 At 96, Giuseppe Paterno has faced many tests in life - childhood poverty, war and, more recently, the coronavirus pandemic. Now he has sailed through an exam that makes him Italy's oldest university graduate. Here are some pictures of his personal life...<br /><br />Giuseppe Paterno celebrates after graduating from his undergraduate degree in history and philosophy during his graduation at the University of Palermo, in Palermo, Italy.

At 96, Giuseppe Paterno has faced many tests in life - childhood poverty, war and, more recently, the coronavirus pandemic. Now he has sailed through an exam that makes him Italy's oldest university graduate. Here are some pictures of his personal life...

Giuseppe Paterno celebrates after graduating from his undergraduate degree in history and philosophy during his graduation at the University of Palermo, in Palermo, Italy. "I am a normal person, like many others," Paterno said when asked what it felt like to be graduating so late. "In terms of age I have surpassed all the others but I didn't do it for this." (Image: Reuters)

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 Giuseppe Paterno, Italy's oldest student, celebrates with his family after graduating from his undergraduate degree in history and philosophy, during his graduation at the University of Palermo, in Palermo. (Image: Reuters)

Giuseppe Paterno, Italy's oldest student, celebrates with his family after graduating from his undergraduate degree in history and philosophy, during his graduation at the University of Palermo, in Palermo. (Image: Reuters)

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 Giuseppe Paterno, 96, wears a traditional laurel wreath awarded to Italian students when they graduate, as he attends his graduation day after completing his undergraduate degree in history and philosophy at the University of Palermo, in Palermo, Italy. (Image: Reuters)

Giuseppe Paterno, 96, wears a traditional laurel wreath awarded to Italian students when they graduate, as he attends his graduation day after completing his undergraduate degree in history and philosophy at the University of Palermo, in Palermo, Italy. (Image: Reuters)

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 Giuseppe Paterno poses for the media as he attends his graduation after completing his undergraduate degree in history and philosophy at the University of Palermo, in Palermo, Italy.(Image: Reuters)

Giuseppe Paterno poses for the media as he attends his graduation after completing his undergraduate degree in history and philosophy at the University of Palermo, in Palermo, Italy.(Image: Reuters)

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 Giuseppe Paterno is awarded his graduation certificate after completing his undergraduate degree in history and philosophy, during his graduation at the University of Palermo, in Palermo, Italy. (Image: Reuters)

Giuseppe Paterno is awarded his graduation certificate after completing his undergraduate degree in history and philosophy, during his graduation at the University of Palermo, in Palermo, Italy. (Image: Reuters)

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 Giuseppe Paterno takes his final exam online, for his undergraduate degree that he has been studying for in history and philosophy at the University of Palermo, using a laptop at his home, due to social distancing measures implemented during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Palermo, Italy. (Image: Reuters)

Giuseppe Paterno takes his final exam online, for his undergraduate degree that he has been studying for in history and philosophy at the University of Palermo, using a laptop at his home, due to social distancing measures implemented during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Palermo, Italy. (Image: Reuters)

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 Giuseppe Paterno uses his typewriter as he studies for an exam, at his home in Palermo, Italy.

Giuseppe Paterno uses his typewriter as he studies for an exam, at his home in Palermo, Italy. "Knowledge is like a suitcase that I carry with me, it is a treasure," Paterno said. (Image: Reuters)

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 Giuseppe Paterno enjoys a coffee at his home in Palermo, Italy. (Image: Reuters)

Giuseppe Paterno enjoys a coffee at his home in Palermo, Italy. (Image: Reuters)

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 Giuseppe Paterno shaves his beard as he gets ready for the day, two days before he graduates from The University of Palermo with an undergraduate degree in history and philosophy, at his home in Palermo, Italy. (Image: Reuters)

Giuseppe Paterno shaves his beard as he gets ready for the day, two days before he graduates from The University of Palermo with an undergraduate degree in history and philosophy, at his home in Palermo, Italy. (Image: Reuters)

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 Giuseppe Paterno hugs a friend at a supermarket in Italy. (Image: Reuters)

Giuseppe Paterno hugs a friend at a supermarket in Italy. (Image: Reuters)

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