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Trinidad: 84-year-old graduates with degree in mass communication

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Curtis Thomas

(NEWSDAY) — Quoting calypsonian Mighty Sparrow’s lyrics, “Age is Just a Number,” Curtis Thomas, 84, of Dow Village in South Oropouche on Sunday collected his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from COSTAATT’s Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“I feel great, having achieved one of my milestones,” Thomas told reporters at the graduation ceremony at the National Academy of the Performing Arts in Port of Spain.

“I’m a positive thinker. Age is just a number. I don’t see it as a stumbling block, once you have good health. I look forward to what is possible.”

He advised that senior citizens should be persistent, constructive and confident and know what they want in life.

“I pray quite a lot.”

Thomas said it is important to eat a balanced diet, adding that up to five years ago he used to regularly exercise, having once done athletics at a national level. “I never drank,” he added.

WELL DONE: After receiving his BA in Mass Communications on Sunday at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Curtis Thomas, 84, poses with a fellow COSTAATT graduate. PHOTO BY AZLAN MOHAMMED

He said his relationship with COSTAATT staff and students had been “very good.”

“The lecturers appreciated my company, and the students.”

Thomas said his family, including his wife, were happy he was graduating.

He told reporters he now intends to publish a history of the oil industry in TT, books of fiction, non-fiction and short-stories, and write plays and direct documentaries.

Thomas said he liked the communication studies and creative programmes he had done at COSTAATT, yet if he had more money would have studied abroad.

He said he had once studied for a year towards an LLB degree at the University of London, but had to stop due to appendicitis.

“Three weeks before the final exam it (appendix) burst and I had to be rushed to hospital for an immediate operation.” He had once also picked up a diploma in marketing and a certificate in Human Resource Management. Thomas said he had once worked as a government clerk in London and in a British factory.

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