80-year old Newark man to get high school diploma

NEWARK, Ohio (WTVN) -- An 80-year-old man from Newark man will soon be able to call himself a high school graduate.

On Tuesday, James Burrell will receive his diploma with the rest of C-TEC's Class of 2018, 62 years after he fell less than a credit shy of graduating from high school.

Burrell's lack of a diploma didn't stop him from finding work as an electrician and Newark firefighter, but says his passion for learning led him to fulfill a goal of graduation.

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