Playing guitar in his residence room at UPEI, Dan Driscoll is just like many other university students, but there’s a big difference — Driscoll is 85.

The Nova Scotia resident is on the Island visiting his sister and decided that taking some summer courses would be a good way to pass his time. He is taking four courses and passed in his final assignment for Sociology 101 on Monday.

Dan Driscoll

Dan Driscoll, 85, takes a break from studying. (CBC)

On Tuesday, he will write his final exam for an English course he is taking.

This isn’t Driscoll’s first time at UPEI. He was a student there about 65 years ago. At the time, it was called St. Dunstan’s University.

“Every inch of this place is nostalgic for me because when I came here, there were only three buildings on campus,” said Driscoll.

Back then, he lived in a men’s dormitory on the fourth floor of the main building. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1950.

Classmate Alex Matheson thinks Driscoll is an inspiration “for us to value the education above just getting a job and sort of participating in society.”

This week will be Driscoll’s last week on campus. Next week, he will pack up and check out of his room.