California Man, 78, Gets High School Diploma 6 Decades Later

For 60 years, Ted Sams regretted missing his high school graduation.

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Ted Sams, 78, receives his original high school diploma during San Gabriel High School's graduation at the Rose Bowl on Friday, May 27, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif. (Sarah Reingewirtz/The Orange County Register via AP)
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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — For 60 years, Ted Sams regretted missing his high school graduation. Now 78, Sams can finally call himself a graduate after donning a cap and gown and receiving his diploma Friday with the class of 2022 at Southern California’s San Gabriel High School. Back in 1962 when he was a high school senior, Sams got in trouble and was suspended five days before the end of the school year. He said…

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