Canadian woman is world’s first Beatles graduate

Fab Four fan graduates from Liverpool Hope University with MA in The Beatles, Popular Music and Society

Finally, there is a Beatles fan with a degree to prove it. Fifty-three-year-old Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy has become the first graduate of Liverpool Hope University's MA in The Beatles. This new master of Fab Fourology studied The Beatles compositions, sound and impact on pop culture.

"It's absolutely academic," Zahalan-Kennedy told the BBC. "It was an examination of how the Beatles came to be. What the political and social climate was and the cultural aspects that helped to facilitate an environment where the Beatles could happen."

In 2009, the Liverpool university launched the programme The Beatles, Popular Music and Society, which examines the "significance of the music of the Beatles in the construction of identities, audiences, ethnicities and industries, and localities". Zahalan-Kennedy was one of 12 full-time students; she graduated yesterday.

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