WVU Student Takes 75 Years To Get Diploma But He Had A Few Good Reasons For Taking So Long

by 5 years ago
Old Man Grad


Anthony Brutto is finally getting his diploma from West Virginia University next week. It took 75 years but the 94-year-old undergrad will soon have a college diploma.

So what took Brutto so long to get his degree?

He studied engineering, physical education and industrial arts, and was close to graduation when he was drafted during World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps for three and a half years, WVU said.

Brutto returned to school in 1946 but was forced to drop out again, this time to take care of his ill wife, according to WVU. He soon started working as a machinist in various factories.

Brutto retired in 1980 and devoted his time to sculpting and probably chewing soft food for long periods of time. He once again got the academic bug when his daughter, Lisa, found out students can get credit for life experience.

When Brutto enrolled in WVU, tuition was only $50. Now it probably costs $50 to park at graduation.

Congrats Anthony! Sadly, your diploma will be just as worthless as it is to the 21-year-old students you’ll be sitting with during the ceremony.

[via ABC News]

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