106-year-old man gets school diploma

A 106-year-old American man, who had to drop out of school to support his mother and five siblings, has finally earned his diploma.

Fred Butler was awarded the honorary diploma Monday during an emotional ceremony in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Butler thanked "everybody who is responsible for this."

He was married for 65 years, raised five children, served in the US Army during World War II and worked for his city's water department.

But daughter-in-law Cathy Butler says he always regretted dropping out and always emphasised the importance of education to his children and grandchildren.
 

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