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At 96, World War II veteran Giuseppe Paterno becomes Italy’s oldest student

Giuseppe Paterno
Giuseppe Paterno, 96, Italy's oldest student, is awarded his graduation certificate after completing his undergraduate degree (Picture credit: Reuters)

NEW DELHI, AUGUST 1: A 96-year-old World War II veteran from Italy very rightly proved that it’s never too late to start something and became the country’s oldest university graduate.
Giuseppe Paterno completed his undergraduate degree in History and Philosophy with top honours from the University of Palermo, Italy.
According to news agency Reuters, despite his keen interest in reading and studying, Paterno was not able to attend university in his youth, having grown up in a poor family in Sicily and only receiving basic education as a child.
However, after realising that it was “now or never”, Paterno graduated high school at the age of 31 and later enrolled for the undergraduate course in 2017.
Netizens from all over the world joined in to congratulate Paterno on his achievement.
After joining the navy to serve in the war, Paterno eventually went on to work in the railways.
As a student, he preferred textbooks over Google and always typed out his essay on a typewriter his mother gifted.
Though he confessed a little unease with a video that replaced classroom due to COVID-19, he told Reuters that the pandemic did not put him off his goal, after everything he has gone through with the world war.
“All of that strengthened us, all of my peer group, all of those who are still alive. It didn’t really scare us that much,” he added. (IE with agency inputs)