A 94-year-old man graduates college today

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94-year-old Anthony Brutto might hold the record for the longest time it took to graduate, seeing as today he finally gets his degree from West Virginia University after 76 years.

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He enrolled as a freshman in 1939, when his tuition cost him a whopping $50. Although he was determined to graduate in 4 years with an engineering degree, he switched to a major in industrial arts. This wouldn’t be his last setback.

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In 1942, the world went to war and Brutto was drafted. He used his WVU metalwork skills on aircrafts for 3 and a half years, building and repairing P39 and P49 bombers.

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After the war, he enrolled again in 1946. But this time, he had to drop out to take care of his sick wife.

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The multiple setbacks led him to put school on the back burner and focus on his career. Working at various factories and plants, he also found a passion in woodwork, handcrafting birds and other figurines that he sells in many states.

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Finally, Brutto decided it was time to hit the books again and give it another shot. The price was a bit different, but his determination was the same.

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Brutto says it was always important for him to graduate. When asked by a university interviewer about plans for a master’s degree, Brutto just laughed and said “No. I think I’ll take a break for a while.” Congratulations, Anthony!