Going to university and getting an undergraduate degree may seem like a young person's game, but this month's aspirational seniors go to show that you're never too old to live to the fullest and continue your education.
Here we're paying tribute to two incredible people who graduated from university after the ripe old age of 90!
Allan Stewart – Awarded his masters degree aged 97
Allan Stewart's academic career began back in 1936, when he took an honours degree in dentistry from the University of Sydney. After gaining his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Chicago's Northwestern University, Mr Stewart practised in rural NSW, Sydney and even London.
However, it was a long time before he picked up the textbooks again to study for his law degree from the University of New England. Stewart admitted he was concerned about being able to complete the course fast enough, and attended summer school to ensure that he could finish the six-year course in just four-and-a-half years.
When he received his degree in 2006, aged 91, Stewart became the world's oldest graduate, earning himself a Guinness World Record.
Inspiration! Dr Allan Stewart, sydney dental graduate '36; life-long learner & world's oldest grad was 100 in 03/15. pic.twitter.com/dfvzmo98yq
— Chris Peck (@peck) 22 May 2015
But it seemed three degrees wasn't quite enough, as Stewart returned yet again to his studies – this time undertaking a Master of Clinical Science in Complementary Medicine at Southern Cross University, NSW. Stewart graduated in a ceremony on May 4, 2012, at the age of 97.
"I wanted to apply my knowledge in the area of healthy ageing – both for myself, my family and the wider community," he said. "People are always coming to me for advice on how to live longer and healthier lives and now I feel I have some credibility in giving out that advice."
So, what's next for the nonagenarian?
"I think I can hang up my mortar board and academic robes after this one," he said. "Although I said that after my last degree and then I got bored. I have so much time on my hands these days and I like to keep mentally active."
Nola Ochs – Completed her undergraduate degree aged 95
When Nola Oaks packed her bags to attend Fort Hays State University in Kansas, she was 94 years old. She'd previously taken courses at her local community college to keep herself occupied after her husband passed away, and began to work towards a Bachelor's degree, but was impeded by the college campus closing down.
However, this didn't stop Nola. She found a way to finish her studies in history, undertaking a full course load at Fort Hays State University.
"I could still see well and hear well and drive my car," Ms Ochs said. "So I just went to school like I was the same age as everyone else, and they accepted me."
Born in 1911, Ms Ochs confessed that she didn't keep track of her age, but the media certainly did, following her story as she graduated in 2007, alongside her 22-year-old granddaughter, Alexandra.
"Honestly, I didn't know how big a deal all of this was until other people started talking about it!" Alexandra told Refinery29. "Grandmother has travelled around the world on her own and has always been up-to-date on current events and technology. Back in the day, she was the first person in our county to get dial-up internet."
Not content with stopping there, Ms Ochs went on to earn her masters degree in liberal studies, graduating at the age of 98. Ms Ochs passed away in December 2016, aged 105, but her legacy will live on in the hearts of many.
— Fort Hays State Univ (@FortHaysState) 13 December 2016
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