Dr. David Marjot, aged 95, has made history as Kingston University’s oldest graduate, receiving an MA in Modern European Philosophy.
Man Makes History as Oldest Graduate from Kingston University
After a distinguished career as a psychiatrist, Dr. Marjot returned to academia 72 years after his initial medical qualification, driven by the evolving landscape of psychiatry in the UK.
“I knew I was limited on time, so when I saw an advert for the course in The Times Literary Supplement for a course that was local to me, I decided to apply,” he told Kingston University. “The staff and students at Kingston University were so accommodating to me, it has been a wonderful course and the teaching was excellent, so it’s been an honour to do this degree and be a part of such a fantastic university”, he added.
Accompanied by his son, Dr Marjot received a standing ovation at his graduation ceremony, highlighting his remarkable journey and dedication to lifelong learning. Reflecting on his experience, he encourages others to embrace educational pursuits regardless of age, emphasizing the importance of continuous personal growth.
Amidst personal loss and the challenges of aging, Dr. Marjot found solace and stimulation in academic pursuits. Following his wife’s passing and amid the COVID pandemic, his MA studies provided a meaningful distraction and intellectual engagement. Undeterred by his age, Dr. Marjot now contemplates embarking on a part-time doctorate.