Four veterans receive their diplomas nearly 70 years after leaving high school to join the Air Force

When the Springdale School District congratulated the Class of 2022, they also recognized four students who would have graduated in 1956 but chose to join the military instead.

“Super seniors” Carl Stults, Bobby Burke, Charles Leroy Moon, and Bob Self received honorary diplomas alongside Springdale High School’s 484 graduating seniors.

The four guys were seniors in high school in 1956, but none of them graduated.

When he joined the Air Force, he took a GED test, which Springdale did not recognize at the time, according to Self. He graduated from Little Rock Central High School.

The district only discovered their inability to obtain a high school diploma after coming across the men eating lunch one day.

The super seniors’ presence was a pleasant surprise for the graduating class, and it came with a message.

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During the event, Springdale Superintendent Jared Cleveland read letters from Gov. Asa Hutchinson and U.S. Rep. Steve Womack.

They fought in the Korean War and beyond.

They didn’t consider themselves at the time, and they didn’t ask themselves, ‘What about me?’ Womack wrote the piece. They took a step forward. Isn’t that the true American spirit?

Professors also used the occasion to highlight each veteran’s accomplishments since joining the Air Force in 1956.

Although it took 66 years, these four men were well served by receiving their degrees from their alma mater.

“Once a Bulldog, Always a Bulldog!”

Congratulations and thank you for your service to all four veterans! We are fortunate to live in the country we do today because of people like you.