All a matter of degree

Students well into their fifties and sixties are putting paid to the idea that degrees are just for younger people – including this group, pictured, who recently graduated at Somerset College in Taunton.

From a former airline captain to a grandmother the graduates, all in their fifties and sixties, were among over 700 students, family and friends who gathered in Taunton recently for the annual University Graduation Ceremony of Somerset College.

They were graduating from the School of Art and Design at the College, which provides courses in partnership with the University of Plymouth and provides a number of full-time as well as part-time degrees to suit mature students.

Jackie Scott, 50, of Taunton, was thrilled to have three week old granddaughter Elsie Kennard at the graduation ceremony, while for Nigel Banks, 59, an airline captain from Barnstaple who has been flying for 36 years, gaining his BA meant “my brain is happy.”

Caption: Pictured left to right are graduates Gill Jones, 66, Nigel Banks, 59, Norma Walton (front), 66, Jennifer Smy, 63, and Jackie Scott, 50, with three week old granddaughter Elsie Kennard.