Isle of Wight triplets get same college degree

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A SET of triplet brothers have all obtained first class degrees in the same subject and from the same university.

The three brothers – Charlie, Harry and Thomas White, 21, of Wootton Bridge – received their degrees after they all chose to study geography at the University of Portsmouth without discussing it among themselves.

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Harry said: “One of our professors was a geography graduate from Portsmouth who had recommended the university, but we hadn’t planned to attend together until we realized we were all interested in the same course and that we were all impressed with the facilities and the lecturers. ”

Thomas said that in addition to their choice of subject, they shared a common interest in sports, including sailing, mountain biking and golf.

He said: “The three of us have always been close and competitive. Choosing the same university meant we could spend time together and compete against each other, so it made perfect sense to study in Portsmouth.

Charlie said the Covid situation had helped them focus on their academic work, and added: “Even though the pandemic has been tough and Portsmouth has been like a ghost town, it has allowed us to study hard in because of fewer distractions. ”

Harry added: “I am grateful that the graduation continues. I know that not all universities have in-person ceremonies, and that is a real shame.

“It would have been a bit demoralizing to have a ceremony online so I’m really happy to have the opportunity to walk across the stage at the Guildhall and it will be amazing to see everyone again.”

Mark Hardiman, Senior Lecturer in the School of Environment, Geography and Geosciences, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure teaching Charlie, Harry and Thomas for the past three years, and I am delighted that their hard work has paid off. ”

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