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WWII veteran, 100, finally receives college diploma nearly 60 years after graduation

A 100-year-old veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War thought he was going to a celebration for his a hundredth birthday and to honor his contributions to the University of Maryland Global Campus, his alma mater. (*60*)

Instead, Jack Milton this week obtained the shock of a lifetime: his long-overdue graduation ceremony.(*60*)

“I’ve had many ceremonies throughout my life, fortunately, to celebrate many occasions, but this has to be the tops,” Milton advised Fox 5 DC.(*60*)

“I feel like this is the finale of a long journey in education — and again, I keep using the word appreciative, but I can’t think of any other word,” he added. (*60*)

Milton, 100, enrolled on the University of Maryland Global Campus within the Nineteen Sixties whereas he was working on the Pentagon. (*60*)

At the time, the college was known as University of Maryland, University College. (*60*)

Then, and now, the college caters to non-traditional college college students, together with veterans, and provides each in-person and distance studying. (*60*)

Milton was a army pilot for 31 years. (*60*)

He amassed greater than 12,000 flying hours, stated a 2021 article from Achiever, the University of Maryland Global Campus journal.(*60*)

During his profession within the Air Force, Milton was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and flew fight missions in Vietnam. (*60*)

Jack Milton receiving his diploma
“I’ve had many ceremonies throughout my life, fortunately, to celebrate many occasions, but this has to be the tops,” Milton advised Fox 5 DC. FOX News

Milton had earned sufficient credit for his bachelor of arts diploma, and was planning on strolling the stage at graduation in 1966. (*60*)

But earlier than that would occur, he was deployed to Vietnam.(*60*)

It had at all times irked him that he by no means formally obtained his diploma, he stated.(*60*)

“On my way to Southeast Asia, I had many thoughts about not being there to see my fellow graduates,” Milton stated to Fox 5 DC. (*60*)

President Gregory Fowler, PhD, of the University of Maryland Global Campus stated it was an honor to current Milton together with his diploma and graduation cap — a number of a long time after it was alleged to have occurred.(*60*)

Jack Milton receiving his diploma
Milton was a army pilot for 31 years who amassed greater than 12,000 flying hours, stated a 2021 article from Achiever, the University of Maryland Global Campus journal. FOX News

“I hereby confer upon John L. Milton the degree of bachelor of arts with all the rights and privileges thereto and pertaining. Congratulations,” stated Fowler. (*60*)

After he returned from Vietnam, Milton, alongside together with his spouse, Symantha Milton, remained concerned within the University of Maryland Global Campus neighborhood.(*60*)

They particularly supported packages for lively army and veterans enrolled on the college. (*60*)

In 2010, the Miltons established the John L. and Symantha Milton Scholarship Fund, which helps one other University of Maryland Global Campus scholarship fund particularly for volunteer caregivers of injured army servicemembers, stated Achiever. (*60*)

Fox News Digital reached out to the University of Maryland Global Campus for extra remark. (*60*)

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