Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - The class of 2014 commencement is filled with pomp and circumstance, while parents proudly watch their graduates parade in. In the very front, with his children watching, 91-year-old Walter Worland prepares to receive his diploma.
It's an achievement that's been in the works for more than seven decades.
Iinstead of graduating with his class in 1942, Worland saw a greater need to serve his country. The life-long greenfield resident never finished high school; he enlisted in the army air corps during World War II.
"Education wasn't important. It was survival at that time," Worland said.
Debbie wilkerson, his daughter, said, "It's just such a wonderful justification. He has always prized education and helped his community so much, that I think it's a beacon to everybody how important education is, and it's never too late."
At age 91, Worland still logs volunteer hours with Meals on Wheels, the American Red Cross and the Greenfield Rotary.
The former Greenfield City Councilman and Board of Zoning Appeals member funds scholarships for students at four local high schools, and he's credited with helping to bring a new library to Greenfield Central Junior High.
After serving his community and country, Worland said this is something that's been on his bucket list-- an accomplishment that after 72 years, he can now cross off.