It’s a Weird World

Non­a­ge­nar­ian old­est grad­u­ate

Lesotho Times - - Cartoons & Puzzles -

LOS AN­GE­LES — It took more than 60 years but a Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia stu­dent has fi­nally re­ceived his di­ploma. ninety-six-year-old Al­fonso Gonzales re­ceived a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in zo­ol­ogy on Fri­day, mak­ing him the old­est grad­u­ate in USC his­tory.

The World War II vet­eran thought he’d al­ready grad­u­ated when he skipped com­mence­ment ex­er­cises in 1953 be­cause of work obli­ga­tions. He was found­ing a soil com­pany that he ran for 55 years.but when rel­a­tives re­cently ap­proached the uni­ver­sity about get­ting a copy of his di­ploma, they learned he was one unit short.

Although the school no longer of­fers a zo­ol­ogy ma­jor, it crafted an in­de­pen­dent study course through the geron­tol­ogy school that in­cluded read­ing, video as­sign­ments, vis­it­ing other classes, and writ­ing a the­sis about his life.

USC of­fi­cials call Gonzales a “won­der­ful in­spi­ra­tion.” — AP

AL­FONSO Gonzales re­ceives his Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in zo­ol­ogy di­ploma from USC sur­rounded by family mem­bers.

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