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Never Too Late

By Staff | May 27, 2015
Photo by Lauren Matthews Pictured is William G. Harton with his long overdue diploma.
Veteran William G. Harton takes the walk to receive his diploma during Tyler Consolidated High School’s commencement ceremony.

Not every Tyler Consolidated senior received a standing ovation Thursday night when walking to receive their diploma. However, only one diploma recipient was Korean War Veteran William G. Harton. And for Harton, his diploma was overdue by 60 years.

Robin Daquilante, superintendent of Tyler County Schools, had the honor of bestowing Harton with his diploma. Daquilante explained that due to 2012 West Virginia legislation, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam Veterans who meet certain eligibility requirements and complete necessary paperwork may now receive their high school diploma.

There were plenty of wet eyes as those in attendance Thursday evening stood to recognize and applaud this American hero. The occassion was specially set aside during the TCHS commencement ceremonies.

Harton states that he did not know anything about the legislation that allows veterans to receive their diplomas until he was told about it while at the VFW.

Harton admits he was a “little nervous” when receiving the standing ovation at the graduation but adds that the moment was “wonderful.”