June 4, 1995 in Nation/World

He’s 85, And Ready To Get That Sheepskin

Associated Press

Fred Trumbull’s been waiting for the pomp and circumstance of high school graduation for a long time: At 85, he plans to accept his diploma today.

He was ready to accept his diploma in 1928. But his hopes were dashed when his father, a grocer, died a week before graduation, sending his family into financial crisis.

The Trumbulls couldn’t pay the remaining $110.53 for his tuition at Mountain View Academy.

A nephew who learned recently of Trumbull’s disappointment approached the school about getting him a diploma. The school agreed, forgiving the tuition debt.

Trumbull, a retired public accountant, plans to wear cap and gown and walk down the aisle with 30 students about 67 years his junior.

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