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WW II Veteran Receives KU Diploma On 90th Birthday

Associated Press - December 14, 2013 9:45 pm

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A World War II veteran from southwest Kansas has received a diploma for a degree he didn’t know he had earned.

Warren Spikes of Hugoton was half a semester away from earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of Kansas when he was drafted. He didn’t return to school after the war and thought he hadn’t completed the degree.

But his family did some digging and discovered he had the right credits all along, just not in the right places. An unusual feat of the registrar’s office and Spikes’ relatives pulled them together.

Spikes got a special surprise from his family when he turned 90 this month: a framed diploma. Spikes says he’s honored and “certainly glad to have it.”

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Associated Press information from: Lawrence Journal-World

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