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US man earns college degree at age 99

Updated: 2011-06-16 09:27
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PORTLAND - A 99-year-old Oregon man who dropped out of college in 1932 during the Great Depression has earned his college degree.

"It only took me 80 years to get it done," Leo Plass joked in an interview with Reuters.

US man earns college degree at age 99

At the urging of his nephew, Eastern Oregon University, formerly known as Eastern Oregon Normal School, looked over Plass' transcript and realized that under updated requirements Plass qualified for an associates degree in general studies.

Plass, who dropped out of college to take a logging job, clearly enjoyed the pomp and fuss. "Man, it was something else," he said of the June 11 graduation and the standing ovation he received.

The La Grand, Oregon campus has grown since Plass attended in the 1930s.

"They took me all over campus in a golf cart. Man, it sure has changed," he said.

The Redmond, Oregon resident, who turns 100 on August 3, says he has no plans for another career with his new degree.

He said he does not regret leaving school for logging and a series of other jobs. "I got twice as much money. I was real glad I did it. It worked out good for me."