- Watch this May 20
Walter Bunker, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, accepted his college diploma Saturday, proving it's never too late to go back to school.
Bunker attended Xavier University in Cincinnati during the 1940s, but left once the idea of graduating got to be too much for him. "I decided to put it off for a little bit, and that became 70 years," he told FOX19 Cincinnati. Bunker was a bombardier in World War II, and went on to work in real estate. After surviving lung cancer and watching his children and a grandchild graduate from Xavier, he knew it was time to return to the classroom.
The college registrar worked with him, and Bunker was able to transfer credits from the Air Force to Xavier. In need of just two more credits, Bunker submitted stories he had written, which allowed him to earn his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree. So what's Bunker going to do now? "I guess I'll have to go out and start looking for a job," he joked. Watch Bunker receive his degree below (he's accompanied by another member of the Class of 2014, Iraq War veteran Ryan Hoefer). --Catherine Garcia
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Scottish independence is another financial crisis waiting to happen
- Fall movie guide: All the films you should see in September
- 10 things you need to know today: September 1, 2014
- 7 things the world's happiest people do every day
- Why the West should let Russia have eastern Ukraine
- These real-life Rosie the Riveters changed the face of labor
- The next pandemic
- Why you should stop believing in evolution
- The 10 best networking tips for people who hate networking
Subscribe to the Week