The 90-year-old World War II Navy Seabee Lou Skipper was awarded his high school diploma Friday. (St. Xavier High School)
A man who went from high school to fight in the second world War, he earned his high school diploma Friday at the age of 90, according to a report Saturday.
Lou Skipper got his mother to let him call before he graduated and never looked back, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He was a Navy Seabee in the Pacific ocean.
The graduation ceremony was held in a senior living residence in Cincinnati with Tony Schad, a representative of the St. Xavier.
Schad choked with emotion as he presented the Skipper with his diploma.
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(St. Xavier High School)
“Mr. Louis Schipper, on behalf of your classmates from St. Xavier High School class of 1946, the faculty, staff and administration, I am pleased to officially welcome you to the long blue line, St. X,” Schad said, the paper reported.
The school heard about the Skipper of one of his old classmates, George Wood.
“He was the only freshman in the class, who was interviewed with callouses on his hands, because that farm boy knew how to do a day’s work,” Wood told the newspaper.
Dottie Skipper said her husband was reluctant in the beginning, to a high school diploma.
“He said: ‘What can I do with a diploma? I am 90 years old. Do you want me a cv and go to work now?'” she told the newspaper. “He didn’t act like he was very enthusiastic, but he was really excited.”
The Navy fired the Skipper of after the war and he was an electrician.
He worked until he was nearly 60.
Schad told the Researcher that the Skipper represents all the best things about St. X.
“I appreciate it,” Skipper said. “I never thought that I would make it.”