Friday 26 May 2017

Man, 99, graduates after 79 years

An American man who dropped out of college just short of graduation in 1932 has earned his degree at the age of 99
An American man who dropped out of college just short of graduation in 1932 has earned his degree at the age of 99

An American man who dropped out of college just short of graduation in 1932 has earned his degree at the age of 99.

Leo Plass, of Redmond, received his diploma a few days ago from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

Mr Plass said he was less than one semester (one term) away from graduating from what was then called Eastern Oregon Normal School and starting a career as a teacher, reported KTVZ-TV in Bend.

But Mr Plass said it was the Depression, and a teaching salary of 80 US dollars (£49) a month would not be enough. So when a friend offered him a spot in a logging outfit at 150 US dollars (£92) a month, Mr Plass said he could not pass it up.

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