Grandpa Student: Old Chinese Man Fulfills Lifelong Dream to Finish Uni

    The oldest-ever student at Jiaxing University. (Screenshot/ce.cn)Zhou and his classmates on graduation day. (Screenshot/ce.cn)Other students like to hear all the stories about how he ended up at their university. (Screenshot/ce.cn)He got up early every day to exercise and sudy. (Screenshot/ce.cn)And probably one of the most diligent. (Screenshot/ce.cn)Graduation day: Fulfilling a lifelong dream! (Screenshot/ce.cn)

    A 73-year-old man graduated from Jiaxing University in Zhejiang Province earlier this month, over half a century since he first tried to study a degree.

    Born in 1941, Zou Weimin was admitted to Hangzhou Normal University aged 19,but his financial situation meant he couldn’t complete the course, China News reported.

    He got another chance in 1977, when college entrance examinations restarted, but by then Zou was too old to apply. However, four years later, the age restrictions were lifted, and Zou began doing the hard yards to get into uni.

    He spent two years studying hard to pass the entrance exam, but then missed out because he didn’t understand how to apply afterward.

    Undeterred, he went to a technical college for three years, and kept redoing the university entrance exam each year.

    Eventually he was able to enroll at Jiaxing University in 2012, becoming the institution’s oldest-ever student, and probably one of its most diligent ones.

    Zou is easy to recognize among the younger students, and quite a popular character with endearing nicknames. The youngsters like to listen to all his tales about how he managed to get to university.

    A group of his classmates gave him a photo album at their graduation party so he could remember the six years he spent studying in Jiaxing.

    Zou now wants to take a postgraduate degree, and plans to keep trying even though he failed the first exam.

    Zhou and his classmates on graduation day. (Screenshot/ce.cn)

    Zhou and his classmates on graduation day. (Screenshot/ce.cn)

    The oldest-ever student at Jiaxing University. (Screenshot/ce.cn)

    The oldest-ever student at Jiaxing University. (Screenshot/ce.cn)

    And probably one of the most diligent. (Screenshot/ce.cn)

    And probably one of the most diligent. (Screenshot/ce.cn)

    He got up early every day to exercise and sudy. (Screenshot/ce.cn)

    He got up early every day to exercise and sudy. (Screenshot/ce.cn)

    Other students like to hear all the stories about how he ended up at their university. (Screenshot/ce.cn)

    Other students like to hear all the stories about how he ended up at their university. (Screenshot/ce.cn)

    Graduation day: Fulfilling a lifelong dream! (Screenshot/ce.cn)

    Graduation day: Fulfilling a lifelong dream! (Screenshot/ce.cn)

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