Man stopped from graduating over $4.80 fee receives diploma 60 years later


A 78-year-old California man walked across the stage alongside his high school’s class of 2022 to receive a diploma that spent 60 years locked away in a filing cabinet.

Ted Sams, 78, said he was stopped from graduating in 1962 because he was suspended five days before the end of the semester and missed a final exam.

Sams said he made up the exam over the summer, but was told he wouldn’t be given his diploma until he paid $4.80 for a book he failed to return.


“Over the years, I complained to my kids a number of times about how $4.80 kept me from having my diploma,” Sams told KABC-TV.

Sams’ old school, San Gabriel High School, invited him to finally accept his diploma at the class of 2022 graduation ceremony.

Sam was presented with his original diploma, which had spent the previous 60 years locked away in a filing cabinet at the school.


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