94-year-old to graduate from West Virginia University 75 years after starting


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MORGANTOWN – Anthony Brutto, 94, started his degree in 1939, when tuition at West Virginia University was only $50 dollars.

According to ABC News, Brutto was studying engineering, physical education and industrial arts when he was drafted during World War II, where he served for three and a half years.

He went back to school in 1946, but had to leave again to care for his sick wife.

He retired in the 1980’s, sculpting in his free time. He told his daughter, Lisa Bridges, that he would finish his degree though.

Bridges works at WVU and found out he could earn credit for life experiences.

He now will earn his diploma this year with about 4,500 other WVU graduates.

Brutto’s story “reflects the determination and perseverance of many students on the WVU campus,” said April Kaull, assistant director of WVU’s University Relations/News.

“He didn’t let anything in his life or the challenges that he faced keep him from his ultimate goal,” Kaull said. “And that’s what we find is a theme among many of our students.”

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