101-year-old Fred Taylor, a resident of California, served in the Army Air Corps Reserve during World War II.
He was therefore unable to attend Cornell College’s 1943 commencement ceremony in Mount Vernon, Iowa, where he had hoped to get his music degree.
But thanks to his daughter Linda Taylor, Fred Taylor recently had the chance to walk with other grads.
According to Cornell College, professor Linda Taylor, who is accustomed to attending graduations, sent her father plane tickets to Iowa so he could finally make it to his protracted graduation.
Linda mentioned this idea a long time ago,” Fred Taylor said, according to a Cornell College news post.
“But it was a big surprise to me that she had gone ahead and made the arrangements to do it. So, of course, I’m surprised and excited about it.”
Linda Taylor added, “You know that feeling when you give somebody you love something really special that delights them and delights you even more?
Better late than never, I think!” Fred Taylor’s time at Cornell College shaped important parts of his life.
It was there that he finished his music degree — he would later get a master’s degree in music education at Drake University and serve as a music teacher for years
Before his retirement — and met his future wife Peggy Newberg during their senior year. “The college was extremely important to me,” he said.
Even though his father was able to drive to the school to pick up his diploma while he served in the military, Fred Taylor said the ceremony brought everything full circle.
“It really ties the ribbon on it, makes me feel like now it’s complete