6 Feb 2024
Dr David Marjot of the United Kingdom became the first-ever student of Kingston University to get a graduation degree at the age of 95.
Mr Marjot, who lives in Surrey is a retired psychiatrist. He took a Master’s degree in Modern European Philosophy and now considering a new course due to the changes in the psychiatry industry in the UK.
Variations in previous and ongoing methods made him decide to go back into education to understand more about philosophy and its application in professional life.
Dr Marjot who is considering for another course said: “I knew I was limited on time, so when I saw an advertisement of the Kingston University in the Times Literary Supplement for a course, I decided to apply,” as the University is located near his residence.
Dr. Marjot expressed gratitude towards the teachers, students, and staff of the university, whom he described as very helpful during the period of his graduation.
“It was a wonderful course and the teachers were excellent, it has been an honour for me to do this degree and be part of such a fantastic university.”
Alongside his son and grandson, the entire hall gave a standing ovation to Dr Marjot when he was awarded a degree by Kingston University Professor Helen Laville.
Dr Marjot termed re-entering education after decades as a bit of a gamble but he advised that the main thing is if you are interested then go for it.
The university said in a release that after 65 years of marriage, Dr Marjot’s wife passed away some years before Covid 19 and the MA course helped him to keep his mind during this time.
Dr Marjot is the oldest graduate of a UK university but he couldn’t break the record of Archie White who finished his graduation from the University of Brighton in 2021 at the age of 96 years.