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Dogged Man Who Could Not Finish School When He Was Young Finally Receives High School Certificate at Age 101

An elderly man named Merril Pitman Cooper has inspired people online as he has finally received his high school diploma at the age of 101. 

Merrill Pittman, 101, was forced to drop out of Storer College, anex-high school in Jefferson County’s Harper’s Ferry when his mother had to move to Philadelphia for money reasons in 1938, over 80 years go.

In 2018, while returning to his old stomping ground, Merrill shared his regret about never graduating, prompting his family to get in touch with the school.

However, his dream came true at a special ceremony where Merrill was given his diploma in front of his family, which the school was “honoured” to make happen.

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Reacting, Bondy Shay Gibson-Learn, the local superintendent said: “Jefferson County Schools is committed to helping every student, young or old, fulfill their dreams. For Mr. Cooper, that meant receiving a high school diploma. We are honoured to help make that dream a reality.” 

Merril’s interesting story was later shared on Instagram by @goodnewsmovement.

Social media users react to Merril Pitman Cooper’s story. See some of the reactions below: 

@annagiana1 commented: “Amazing, now please teach us your pearls of wisdom for longevity, Mr. Pittman; we have so much to learn from you.” 

@peterottofocus said: “Never too senior to finish your senior class. Congratulations!.” 

@tonyklipz said: “It’s sad that they make you feel like you need one to validate yourself!” 

@graceannshoaf_60 commented: “That’s fantastic!!! God Bless this sweet man.” 

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