Hereford & Worcester

Droitwich grandfather graduates with granddaughter

Zoe Coward and her grandfather Horace who are graduating together from The University of Worcester
Image caption Horace said he had a new respect for young people completing their degrees

A 79-year-old man from Worcestershire is being awarded his bachelors degree alongside his granddaughter.

Horace Coward from Droitwich read sociology at the University of Worcester.

He is graduating alongside his 22-year-old granddaughter Zoe who read early childhood studies and has been offered a job at a nursery.

Mr Coward said the experience had taken 20 years off his life and made him feel like a new man.

"I'm so proud of myself to get here today but apart from that the icing on the cake is to have my granddaughter stand there beside me," he added.

'Carrying on'

Mr Coward left school at 15 and was a forklift truck driver for about 20 years before becoming a full-time carer for his wife.

When she died he decided to continue his education at college studying for a GCSE in sociology, then enrolling in a part-time degree course in 2005.

He said he chose to read sociology as a natural progression from his voluntary work with young people.

The septuagenarian volunteers for a primary school in Droitwich mentoring five and six year-olds, helping them learn to read and will take part in a graduation ceremony on Thursday with his granddaughter Zoe.

She has a bachelor of arts with honours in early childhood studies and has been offered a job as a key worker in a private nursery in Worcestershire.

She said: "Now that I've finished my degree, along with all my peers, we are all so eager to put what we've learnt into practice.

"It's all good learning it, putting it into practice is going to be carrying on the learning process, so I'm really excited about starting there."

The pair plan to celebrate with a family meal on Friday night.

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