Emily, 89, celebrates her graduation

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AN 89-year-old woman was celebrating at the weekend – after graduating with a degree from the Open University.

Emily Chapman, of Bacton, collected her Bachelor of Arts certificate at a graduation ceremony held at Ely Cathedral on Saturday.

Mrs Chapman – who will be 90 next month – was joined by family members at the ceremony and then went for a celebratory lunch afterwards.

She started to study with the Open University in 2002 and has now graduated with her Bachelor of Arts qualification.

“It’s given me a lot more to think about at a time when I really needed something,” said Mrs Chapman.

She needed 300 points to complete the degree and allow her to graduate, and has undertaken four short courses and five other units since beginning the course.

Mrs Chapman enjoyed studying courses she had chosen such as social sciences, health and social care, and religion.

She said she was pleased to have graduated.

“I can’t really describe how I feel. I can’t believe it’s happened.

“I never thought I would get that far, I didn’t really set out to go such a long way,” she said.

She is now planning another degree with the Open University in time for her 100th birthday.

Mrs Chapman said: “The Open University have a wonderful system and help is always there. It is one of the finest institutions for education that I know of.”

Martin Kenward, acting regional director at the Open University in the East of England, said: “We were delighted to see Mrs Chapman graduate and receive her Open University bachelors degree from our vice-chancellor in Ely Cathedral on Saturday.

“As an octogenarian student, her story is an inspiration to us all and just goes to show that you are never too old to learn.”