Man Graduates From West Virginia University 76 Years After Enrolling

Seventy-six years after he walked onto West Virginia University’s campus as a freshman, 94-year-old Anthony Brutto walked off it on Sunday with a diploma. Brutto told the Guardian in an interview with his daughter, Lisa Bridges, “It feels great. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. Education, it’s the one thing they can’t take away from you. I’ve waited a long time for this.” Brutto first enrolled for classes at WVU in 1939, when tuition at the school cost $50. He had nearly made it to graduation when the US army air corps drafted him into service for the second world war. Discharged in 1946, Brutto briefly went back to school but had to drop out to care for his wife, who fell sick around that time. He then took up work as a machinist in cities around the country. HIs daughter, a web developer for the university, noticed that her father might be eligible to finish his degree and filled out the paperwork for him last year. Looking over his 18 months at school, his 38 months’ training as a machinist, and his decades of work, the university found he had earned his bachelor’s degree, more than three-quarters of a century after he first enrolled.