A 106-year-old man has finally received his high school diploma after his former Massachusetts high school recognised his efforts. Fred Butler is just the latest in a series of older people who have been awarded high school diplomas in recognition of their efforts.
The 106-year-old was forced to drop out of school before he began the ninth-grade to support his mother and five brothers and sisters. He has said that not having a diploma did not hold him back and he went on to serve in the army during World War II as well as raising five children, working for the city’s water department and enjoying a happy marriage for 65 years.
A 106-year-old woman has received her high school diploma, 88 years after she left school. Reba Williams from Ohio, USA was awarded her diploma from the Mount Vernon Board of Education after they realised that she had never been given her document of graduation.
Back in 1925, Reba was a senior in High School and refused to complete one of her assignments. As a result, the school refused to award her the diploma that would have acted as a seal of approval. Although Reba went on to lead a successful and happy life – getting married, bringing up children and working as a chef – she can now officially say that she has graduated from high school.