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91-year-old becomes Yilan’s oldest college graduate (2020/06/03)
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    91-year-old becomes Yilan’s oldest college graduate (2020/06/03)

    National Ilan University celebrated the most senior graduate in its history on Wednesday. Chang Yen-tsao has just completed his bachelor's degree at the age of 91, and received a prize for not having missed a single day of lectures. As a child, his studies ended at the sixth grade, after which he began a life of farming and supporting a large family. In retirement, he decided to go back to school, becoming a living proof that it's never too late to learn something new.

    Wearing his academic gown, Chang receives his graduation certificate. At 91, he’s by far the oldest graduate the university has ever seen.

    And as he received a class award for diligence and sociability, he couldn’t hold back his tears. After graduating from the university’s affiliated vocational college at the age of 84, he took university entrance exams three times before winning a place. Since then, he didn’t miss a day of classes over four years.

    Chang Yen-tsao
    National Ilan University graduate
    I just rode my scooter to the school parking lot and walked to the classroom. There in no time. I never took a day off. I came every day. I went to Dongshan Elementary, then I quit school. I started working on the farm.

    Chang raised six children during his working life, before retiring from farming and deciding to go back to school. He doesn’t know how to use computers, so he completed all his homework and reports by hand. His supervisor had nothing but praise for his dedication to learning.

    Lin Hsueh-i
    Academic supervisor
    I’m happy to see him graduate. But I’m worried for him too. Even when it’s raining really heavily, he still comes in on his scooter. He’s got a great sense of balance.

    Ms. Chang
    National Ilan University graduate
    He’s never fazed by bad weather. In Yilan, it rains more than 200 days a year. If it’s raining hard, lots of students feel too lazy to come in. But he has tremendous strength of will.

    Chang Yen-tsao
    National Ilan University graduate
    Young people have to work hard. The world is a global village now. If they don’t get higher education they won’t be able to keep up with everyone. They must work hard.

    Chang’s advice for younger generations is not to throw away the chance to study. His story shows that lifelong learning is possible for everyone.

    中文 Chinese  
    活到老學到老!宜蘭大學91歲張焰灶畢業了

    宜蘭大學在今天舉辦畢業典禮,不過現場最受矚目的是一位高齡91歲的畢業生--張焰灶,他不僅創下學校最年長畢業生紀錄,還拿下"敬業樂群獎",因為年紀是"阿公"的他,苦學四年,2000多個日子,風雨無阻。拿到獎狀的那一刻,張焰灶也忍不住激動落淚。

    身穿學士服,但臉上的皺紋藏不住年紀,他是宜蘭大學畢業生張焰灶,高齡91歲的他,是創校以來最年長的畢業生。

    手拿獎狀,忍不住激動落淚,張焰灶84歲從宜蘭大學附設高職補校畢業後,一連考了3年,終於考上宜蘭大學,無論颳風下雨,2000多個日子,張焰灶從不缺席。

    [[宜蘭大學畢業生 張焰灶]]
    “騎機車到學校停車場,走到教室啦,很快。沒請假過,我每天來,我以前是冬山國小,那時都讀日文書,小學畢業就沒讀了,開始務農”

    好不容易養大6名子女,張焰灶退休後重返校園,不會用電腦的他,所有的報告、作業,都是一筆一畫手寫而成,就連導師也大讚他的求學精神。

    [[導師 林學宜]]
    “他畢業替他高興呀,但也替他擔心呀,他就是雨下很大,他也自己騎摩托車來呀,所以他的平衡感很好”

    [[宜蘭大學畢業生 張同學]]
    “爺爺很不畏風雨,因為宜蘭一年,有兩百多天都在下雨,很多學生可能因為下大雨,就會很懶惰,但是爺爺的意志力很堅強”

    [[宜蘭大學畢業生 張焰灶]]
    “年輕人要打拼,世界現在是地球村耶,沒讀高一點(學歷) ,會跟不上大家,要多努力”

    苦勸年輕人,別輕易放棄求學機會,張焰灶身體力行,證明這才是真正的活到老、學到老。
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