Retired Doc earns BA Hons at 73

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Banchory resident George Robertson was one of many students who recently graduated university, at the age of 73.

The retired doctor undertook a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art (Painting) and this month has collected his diploma at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen.

George, who worked at Cornhill Hospital for 13 years, has always been a keen artist and after he retired decided that he would like to formally study painting at Gray’s School of Art at RGU.

Having been an attendee at so many evening classes in the past, he was allowed to start his degree in second year and has seen his painting style develop hugely in the three years he has spent at Gray’s.

George said: “It’s been wonderful, I’ve just really enjoyed it. I’ve loved the class and all my classmates have been great, great fun.

“When I retired, I just thought I wanted to do something for me.

“At my age, I’m running out of time so I thought, I’ll go to Gray’s and they’ll tell me what art is all about.

“I have loved it, I have loved every single minute of it.”

Another graduate this year was Monymusk’s Anna Mackenzie, who collected her Masters of Architecture diploma at the same ceremony.

From placements in the rainforests of Borneo to her birthplace of Norway, Anna has built up an impressive portfolio of experience during her studies.

Anna said: “I’m so glad I did. I’ve really enjoyed my time at RGU.

“I’ve been studying for a long time now but found the course and the university has been consistently interesting, engaging and supportive.

“I’ve learnt so much, from so many talented, interesting people. The course has been a great balance between practical challenges and academia.

“I’ve become a more confident person, becoming aware of my own strengths and limitations.

“Thanks is due to my tutors for enabling me to explore my subject independently and have conviction in my own conclusions.”

She added: “I can always go back and do the carpentry course in the future.

“It’s a skill I would love to have and I’ve always wanted to live in Copenhagen.”

Among the highlights of her time at RGU, Anna said the lifelong friendshipsformed with her course mates was something very valuable that she would take away.