SYDNEY, Australia (AP)
— A 91-year-old man has earned a law degree from an Australian university, finishing the six-year course more than a year ahead of schedule because he said "time is of the essence."
Allan Stewart was granted a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New England in eastern Australia on Saturday. Course study normally spans six years, but Stewart finished in just 4 1/2 years.
"There is a saying in law that time is of the essence," he said in a statement issued by the university. "I think if I had let it run too much longer I might not have finished it."
Stewart said learning to use the Internet was the biggest challenge in completing the degree.
"I was not literate in computers at all," the sprightly nonagenarian said. "I was completely self-taught as far as that was concerned."