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78-year-old man gets high school diploma after six decades

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Ted Sams receiving his original high school diploma during San Gabriel High School’s graduation at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on May 27.

US: For 60 years, Ted Sams regretted missing his High School graduation. Now 78, Sams can finally call himself a graduate after donning a cap and gown and receiving his diploma Friday with the class of 2022 at Southern California’s San Gabriel High School.

Back in 1962 when he was a High School senior, Sams got in trouble and was suspended five days before the end of the school year. He said he missed a crucial final exam and had to make it up over the summer.

“When I went back with my grade, they wouldn’t give me my diploma because I owed US$ 4.80 for a book,” Sams told KABC-TV. “And so I just walked away and said forget it.”

The school still had Sams’ original diploma locked away in an old filing cabinet.



Thursday, June 2, 2022 – 01:00

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