Ted Sams, who dropped out of high school sixty years ago because he couldn’t afford the $4.80 book price, finally earned his diploma at the age of 78.
Ted Sams studied at San Gabriel High School in California, the United States, in 1962, but due to a number of issues, including a $4.80 book charge, he was forced to drop out without getting a diploma.
Sam’s problems began when his suspension from school five days prior to the end of the academic year. He had to miss a significant final exam as a result of the incident, but he made up for it over the summer.
Sams later encountered another stumbling barrier in his quest to graduate high school which was the book cost. “When I went back with my grade, they wouldn’t give me my diploma because I owed $4.80 for a book and so I just walked away and said forget it,” Sams said.
Since skipping the prom after graduating from high school, Sams has felt bad. Yet, he asserted that he had been telling his children this story for some time.
Sixty years later, Sams returned to receive his diploma along with the class of 2022. He said his big day was one of the happiest days of his life and that he was excited and nervous about it at the same time.
“When you get your picture taken and people are cheering for you, what do you expect? I didn’t expect all of that, either, but what can I say?” he told the outlet.