The doors to the Port Theatre in downtown Nanaimo burst open Tuesday afternoon as the latest graduates from Malaspina University-College poured out.
Amid the cap-and-gown clad crowd was Frank Sarton.
Sarton had just received his second degree from Malaspina -- a BA in Women's Studies (with distinction). His first degree from Mal-U, which he earned in 2003, was a double minor in Philosophy and Psychology (also with distinction).
Sarton is 75 years old.
The former B.C. Hydro employee has spent the past decade at Malaspina, and he's not stopping his education there -- he plans to pursue a master's degree in medical ethics at another university.
His return to education was "a road to fulfillment," he said.
Sarton's path began in Holland where he received a degree in theology. He then joined the navy where he earned an engineering degree. He came to Canada in 1960.
The father of six and grandfather of 13 tells his children and grandchildren that high school is only the start to a productive life and they should continue their education.
Asked if he thinks he'll ever learn enough, Sarton gives a prompt "No."
"There's always something to learn," he said, "because the world doesn't stand still."
And, he has advice for anyone of any age considering tackling a challenge: "If you want to do it, go for it."
Sarton was one of 504 students who received their Baccalaureate degrees from Malaspina this June. Ceremonies were held on Monday and Tuesday at the Port Theatre.
Malaspina's Alumni Horizon Award was given to biology graduate Alison Keple and an Honourary Doctorate of Laws degree was given to Malaspina's First Nations resident elder Ellen White.
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