A 90-year-old veteran living in Aurora, Indiana, proved it’s never too late to fulfill a dream.
Louis Schipper never earned a high school diploma because in 1943, when he was just 17, he convinced his mother to let him leave St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati and enlist in the Navy to help fight World War II, WCPO reported.
When Schipper returned after serving three years as a Navy Seabee, he never went back to school. Instead he became an electrician. Not long after that, he got married and raised a family.
Wood and Schipper’s wife, Dottie, contacted officials at St. Xavier High School about the idea and they were more than happy to honor the request.
Schipper didn’t know what to think of everything at first.
Dottie said he asked her, “‘What the hell do I need a diploma. I’m 90 years old. Do you want me to get a resume and go to work now?’”
But he warmed up to the idea as St. Xavier High School arranged for a ceremony to take place at Pristine Senior Living, where Schipper lives.
The school not only awarded Schipper with a Class of 1946 honorary diploma, they also recognized him for his service to the country and his “Men for Others mindset.” Advancement Vice President Tony Schad spoke to a crowd of Schipper’s family and friends about the veteran’s achievements and Major Gifts Officer Ed Franchi presented Lou with his diploma.
Talk about inspiring.
Dottie said that her husband was practically a genius and “He can do anything.” It looked like she was right.
We are happy to see Schipper’s high school honor him in such a way.
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