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Student and WWII Veteran, 93, Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree

The secret to his boldness in the classroom? He always sits up front and takes plenty of class notes

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    (Published Friday, May 19, 2017)

    Irwin Medway is a WWII veteran who has received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and several other awards for military service. Now, the 93-year-old can add an honorary college degree to that list.

    Medway received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from Villanova University on Friday after taking classes every semester for the last 24 years.

    "I’m a very bold, old person," Medway said.

    The secret to Medway’s boldness in the classroom? He always sits up front and takes plenty of class notes.

    "I like people so much," Medway said. "I want to be with the kids."

    His educational endeavors started while he was in the army wanted to take college classes. After that, Medway went on to two other universities before ending up at Villanova in 1993 in a special program for senior citizens. But when that program ended, Medway stayed.

    So now what’s next for Medway? He says he wants to keep taking classes.

    In the meantime, though, he can be called Doctor Medway.