MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A 94-year-old Army veteran will finally get to graduate college more than 75 years after he started.
According to a statement released by West Virginia University, one of its graduates is Anthony Brutto, a 94-year-old who enrolled in WVU all the way back in 1939.
WVU says Brutto had to delay his degree in 1942 after being drafted into the Army.
After he was drafted Brutto worked for the military helping to make aircraft until the end of World War II.
When the war ended, Brutto was forced to delay his schooling further after his wife fell ill. He then got jobs as a machinist working at various factories, and did this for many more decades.
Brutto then retired in the mid-1980s.
Searching for a new way to fill his time, he then began making wood sculptures, according to the release.
According to the school he later re-enrolled to earn a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.
“It was always important to me to graduate,” he said, according to the release.
Brutto graduates this weekend, according to the university’s Twitter account.