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Age no barrier for ECU graduate

Tuesday, 17 January 2012


You’re never too old to learn – just ask ECU student Hazel Brennan.

The 79-year old student is set to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from ECU this January. For Hazel the journey has been a rewarding experience.

“My time at ECU has been such a great experience. I hope that my story can serve as an example to other women and let them know that it’s never too late to start your education journey – no matter where you’ve been, everyone has the right to an education.”

Hazel started tertiary education late in life. She left school at 14 and worked in a number of different roles – from shop assistant at an electrical company to assistant to the plan controller the Australian Shipbuilding Board in Sydney.

Hazel married her late husband Peter at age 30 and travelled with him from Collie to Kalgoorlie in his role with the Police Force.

When Peter passed away at age 70, Hazel was inspired to go back and get the education she always dreamed of.

“I remember my dad telling me – girls don’t need an education,” Hazel said.

After passing the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) to gain entry into WA’s universities, Hazel chose to study at Edith Cowan University.

Hazel found the learning environment at ECU both warm and welcoming.

“Going to University was one of the best things I have ever done – I would suggest that if you love to learn Edith Cowan University is the place to be!”

Hazel will join over 1,900 ECU students who will celebrate their graduation on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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