Meet Giuseppe Paternò, Italy’s Oldest Student to Graduate at 96 Years Old #WATWB

Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference, we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. #WATWB was started in 2017, this month marks our fifty first opportunity to share positive uplifting stories to inspire, give hope and motivate others. The last Friday of every month bloggers share their stories led by two co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia McGrath and myself, Belinda Witzenhausen. You can find us on social media on our Facebook Page and on Twitter under @WATWB.

Life always offers you a second chance. It’s called tomorrow. ” ~Stephen King

I’m one of those people who has an extremely inquisitive mind and loves learning new things. For as long as I can remember I have always taken courses and workshops in order to learn, enrich and understand this journey called life. I love it when I see people passionately pursue learning no matter what their age or circumstances and succeed. Giuseppe Paternò is one of those people, he has become Italy’s oldest graduate at the age of ninety-six and has been awarded first-class honours in philosophy from the University of Palermo in Sicily. “It’s one of the happiest days of my entire life,” said Paternò on graduating. Due to the war and poverty Giuseppe was unable to fulfill his dream to attend university in his youth, serving in WWII and working on the railroad until his retirement. Giuseppe still passionate to learn started off on his dream in 2017 when he finally enrolled in university. “Neighbours used to ask, ‘why all this trouble at your age?’. They couldn’t understand the importance of fulfilling a dream, regardless of my age,” says Paternò. Giuseppe worked hard and still has plans to write a book in the near future. Giuseppe is a role-model who certainly helps us realize it’s never too late to pursue our dreams, no matter our age! To learn more about Giuseppe check out the video below:

8 thoughts on “Meet Giuseppe Paternò, Italy’s Oldest Student to Graduate at 96 Years Old #WATWB”

  1. Hi Belinda – what an amazing man Giuseppe Paternò is … I so admire him. I must say I’ve thought about enrolling – but continue to learn so much from blogging that I say I’ve had a university education through these years … and thank goodness my blog is eclectic in its subject matter – I’m not a specialist … except in choosing odd subjects! Cheers Hilary


  2. Thanks for sharing this uplifting story about this delightful man–at 96 he is so alive and curious! It was fun to watch the video about this man who brings hope to us all. Wishing you a fun Halloween and rest of the year. Thanks for hosting 🙂


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