The first graduate in Beatles studies

Representatives of the Liverpool Hope University believe that the master’s program offers the first graduate degree based on the life and times of the four musicians.

Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy enrolled in the program at its inception in 2009, and received her diploma Wednesday. She is one of 12 full-time students of the program called The Beatles, Popular Music and Society.

“I am so proud of my achievement,” Zahalan-Kennedy said. “The course was challenging, enjoyable and it provided a great insight into the impact the Beatles had and still have to this day across all aspects of life.”

The young woman, who is also a singer and actress, said the course had enabled her to analyze the many influences of the Beatles. The course also addresses how the city of Liverpool has helped to forge the group’s identity.