Former lawyer Archie White has become Britain’s oldest university graduate this year at 96 and 56 days after graduating in fine arts.
According to the British “The Guardian”, White almost broke the world record for the oldest university graduate in just 145 days, 96 years and 200 days, from Shikmi Hitada, who graduated from Japan five years ago.
White was born in 1925 and studied law for many years before retiring at the age of 92. In 2018, he joined East Sussex College of Fine Arts.
White suffered a stroke five years ago that prevented him from doing certain tasks, but classmates and college staff helped him finish his studies.
According to the British “The Independent”, White plans to set up a charity to support and continue to draw graduates. “If someone is stupid enough to pay for my paintings, I would enjoy it, but if they don’t, it doesn’t matter,” he jokes.
“I have enjoyed working in the legal profession for a long time, but I am concerned about recent graduates, most of whom fail to make a living from art, photography or design,” he said.
“It has been a pleasure teaching Archie for the past three years,” said Hannah Burkett, director of the fine arts course at East Sussex College. “He has made a unique contribution and his personal development has been extraordinary.”
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