GIVING up gardening to dig up a chunk of Scottish history has earned a Moray great- grandmother an honours degree – at the age of 73.
Ann Gill received her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Scottish history at Moray College UHI’s graduation ceremony at Elgin Town Hall on Thursday.
It was a proud moment for the Fochabers woman, who went into further education in her retirement in order to explore her passion for her country’s rich heritage.
"I had always thought about doing it, and I decided I had better hurry up before time ran out," said Mrs Gill. "It took a lot of hard work over the years, but I made it in the end."
Originally from Aberdeen, Mrs Gill made Moray her home and worked at Elgin’s tourist information office until her retirement, after which she started working as a gardener at Christies in Fochabers.
Her course explored the social history of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, where she gained expert knowledge on 17th century culture and Christianity as well as war and chivalry.
Acting principal, Anne Lindsay, revealed how Moray College celebrated a new high of 290 students studying on degree programmes during the 2013-14 academic year.
"The college staff and board of management are all very proud of what the students have accomplished," she said.
She said it was a ‘privilege’ to welcome guest speaker, award-winning journalist and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch, to the ceremony, and paid tribute to former college principal Mike Devenney, who stepped up to the role of UHI’s vice-principal for further education in the summer.
For a graduation picture special, see next week’s edition of ‘The Northern Scot’