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101-year-old man finally graduates from US university after missing his graduation to serve in the world war in 1943

A 101-year-old man named Fred Taylor has finally been able to attend his graduation at Cornell College, United States after he missed out on it because he was deployed to serve in World War II in 1943.

Fred, from California, was sent off to join the Army Air Corps Reserve during World War II. Therefore, he missed his graduation in 1943 at Cornell College in Iowa,  United States.

He would have received his Bachelor’s degree in Music were it not for his deployment to the army. However, 80 years later, Fred finally had the chance to walk alongside other graduates, thanks to his daughter, Linda Taylor.

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Linda said the fact that Fred never got to celebrate the culmination of his undergraduate degree never seemed right other being that she spent her career as a professor attending many such ceremonies.


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This made her surprise her 101-year-old father with airplane tickets and arrangements to walk the state for the 2024 graduation ceremony.

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“You know that feeling when you give somebody you love something really special that delights them and delights you even more? It’s just going to be a super happy time and for somebody who is closing in on 102, what are we waiting for?” Linda said.

Fred said that it came as a surprise to him even though his daughter had mentioned it some time ago but he is excited to finally achieve the dream.



“Linda mentioned this idea a long time ago, but it was a big surprise to me that she had gone ahead and made the arrangements to do it. So, of course, I’m surprised and excited about it,” he said.

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Fred said his time at Cornell College shaped important parts of his life. After his service at the World War, he proceeded to get a master’s degree in music education at Drake University and served as a music teacher for years before his retirement.

He stated that even though the drive to the school to pick up his diploma while he served in the military, the ceremony brought everything full circle. “The college was extremely important to me. It really ties the ribbon on it, makes me feel like now it’s complete,” he said.

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