Ninety-six-year-old Guiseppe Paterno has faced many challenges in life, including growing up poor, surviving World War II, and now the coronavirus pandemic. In spite of this, he received his university diploma last week, along with the traditional laurel wreath awarded to Italian students. He is Italy's oldest college graduate, finishing first in his class. He enrolled in the University of Palermo in 2017 for a degree in history and philosophy. Though he always loved books, he had no time to study. After serving in the Navy during the war, he worked for the railroad, married and raised two children. He told Reuters, "I understood it was a little late to get a three-year degree, but I said to myself, 'Let's see if I can do it.' Knowledge is like a suitcase that I carry with me, it is a treasure."

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