Clifford Dadson at his graduation ceremony
Former Engineer Clifford Dadson, aged 93 from Cumbria, has become The Open University’s oldest graduate gaining a BA Open Degree in Arts. His accomplishment comes 60 years on from his last educational experience. A widower, he decided to take up studying again after the passing of his wife Rae.
Back in the 1950s Clifford achieved a Higher National Certificate in Electrical Engineering from London Northampton Polytechnic (now the City of London University). After a high-flying career in control and communications, he decided to pursue further studies with the OU.
Speaking about his time at the OU, he said: “I have been greatly helped by my tutors. Much has changed since I last studied and the OU has introduced the means whereby those who want a degree or diploma to take them forward, now find that it is within their grasp."
On 20th September 2013, Clifford graduated at the Barbican Centre in London. He hopes his achievement can serve as an encouragement to others to fulfil their ambitions.
Speaking about his graduation, Clifford said: “I spoke to many graduates from many different nations and backgrounds, all of whom were so much younger than I, but it made me feel young at heart, and it was a joy to be with young people who now had the world at their feet.”
Having achieved his degree, Clifford has now signed up for another module at the OU. Christina Lloyd, Director of Teaching and Learner Support at the OU, said: “We offer our warm congratulations to Clifford on his graduation and look forward to his achieving Honours. Recently, we celebrated the success of our youngest graduate Cameron (aged 16) who obtained a degree in Maths. Clifford’s and Cameron’s success aptly demonstrates that there is no age barrier to learning. It is gratifying to see the diversity of our student and alumnus populations.”
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