95-year-old man finishes college after starting 75 years ago

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In this Monday April 27, 2015 photo provided by West Virginia University, 94-year-old Anthony Brutto blows out the candles on a birthday cake as his daughter, Lisa Bridges, looks on in his home in Morgantown, W. Va. Brutto will be one of the oldest graduates in the history of West Virginia University when he receives his diploma Sunday, May 17. (Brian Persinger/West Virginia University via AP)

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (AP) — A 94-year-old man will be one of the oldest graduates in the West Virginia University history when he receives his diploma Sunday.

The school says in a press release that Anthony Brutto, who studied on and off for 75 years, will be awarded his Regents Bachelor of Arts degree during commencement.

Brutto first entered the university in 1939 when tuition was $50. He was drafted in 1942, serving in the Army Air Corps until the end of World War II.

Brutto re-enrolled at the school in 1946, but could not finish because he had to care for his sick wife.

A machinist by trade, Brutto says graduating from college was always important to him. He jokingly says he’ll take a break before pursuing a master’s degree.