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54 Years: Determined Man Breaks Record for Longest Time to Complete a University Degree

Cursory: Arthur Ross, a former lawyer, and actor, has set a new record in Canada by graduating from the University of British Columbia (UBC) with a Bachelor of Arts degree after 54 years of study. Ross initially enrolled at UBC in 1969 with a passion for acting but left to pursue a certificate from the National Theatre School. He later shifted his focus to law and worked as a lawyer for 35 years before retiring in 2016.

A 71 year old man has taken the quote “Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly,” to a whole new level and also demonstrated the fact that you can chase your dreams no matter how much has passed.

Arthur Ross, a former lawyer and actor, has achieved an extraordinary milestone by graduating from the University of British Columbia (UBC) with a Bachelor of Arts degree after an extensive 54-year journey. With this achievement, he now holds the record for the longest time taken to complete a university degree in Canada.

Ross, who is now 71, enrolled at UBC in 1969 because he is passionate about acting. His focus subsequently switched to law, although he later left the school to get a diploma from the National Theatre School.

He practiced law for 35 years before retiring in 2016. In an interview with the BBC, Ross expressed his long-standing desire to complete his degree and made the decision to return to UBC six years ago. His motivation stemmed from his love for learning and the desire to keep his mind sharp.

Ross said, He said: “I have been to all of my children’s graduations. My daughter says I really should go off and pursue a master’s degree somewhere. I am pleased to have come this far.”

A virtual graduation ceremony was organized on Thursday as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, and Ross was awarded his degree there. He congratulated his fellow grads and expressed delight in his accomplishment.

Additionally, he shared some valuable advice for individuals of any age aspiring to pursue higher education.

He said: “It’s important to do the reports and the exams,” he said. “It sharpens your brain. And it’s a constant reminder that no matter how much you think you know, you don’t know enough.”

Numerous individuals found inspiration in Ross’s story online, and they applauded him for his tenacity and commitment. Others jokingly said that he ought to receive a reimbursement for the substantial rise in his tuition costs since he first enrolled.


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