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California man, 78, gets high school diploma 6 decades later


PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — For 60 years, Ted Sams regretted missing his high school graduation. Now 78 years old, Sams can finally call himself a graduate after donning a cap and gown and receiving his diploma Friday with the class of 2022 at Southern California’s San Gabriel High School. Back in 1962 when he was a high school senior, Sams was suspended days before the end of the school year. He says he made up an exam over the summer but wasn’t allowed to get the diploma because of an unpaid $4.80 book fine. The school had his original diploma in a filing cabinet. He plans to hang it on a wall at home.

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