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 for tenured graduate student
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  tenured graduate student
   n.
  
      One who has been in graduate school for 10 years (the usual maximum is 5 or
      6): a ?ten-yeared? student (get it?). Actually, this term may be used of
      any grad student beginning in his seventh year. Students don't really get
      tenure, of course, the way professors do, but a tenth-year graduate student
      has probably been around the university longer than any untenured
      professor.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  tenured graduate student
  
      One who has been in graduate school for 10 years (the
     usual maximum is 5 or 6): a "ten-yeared" student (get it?).
     Actually, this term may be used of any grad student beginning
     in his seventh year.  Students don't really get tenure, of
     course, the way professors do, but a tenth-year graduate
     student has probably been around the university longer than
     any untenured professor.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1996-09-27)
  

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