Better late than never, 88-year-old gets high school diploma |

Better late than never, 88-year-old gets high school diploma

FORT COLLINS – First the Great Depression kept Solomon Foss from getting his high school diploma. Then came World War II.Over the weekend, thanks to a state law that allows honorably discharged veterans to receive their diplomas, 88-year-old Solomon Foss put on a cap and gown with 411 Fort Collins High School graduates at a commencement ceremony at Moby Arena.Foss missed his own high school graduation because he was helping support his family during the Great Depression.”I came close to graduation … (but) it was the ’30s, I was too busy trying to make a living,” Foss said.Then, Foss served in World War II as a railroad engineer.On Saturday, he finally received his diploma.”It’s something that is important after you finally grow up and wake up,” Foss said. “I’m glad I got it. I had been thinking about it ever since I got out of high school.”

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