Four veterans receive their diplomas nearly 70 years after they left 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 if they had not chosen to join the military.

Carl Stults, Bobby Burke, Charles Leroy Moon, and Bob Self, called “super seniors,” earned honorary diplomas with Springdale High School’s 484 graduating seniors.

In 1956, the four guys were seniors at the high school, but none of them obtained a diploma.

He took a GED test when he joined the Air Force, and Springdale didn’t recognize the GED test at the time, Self explained. He graduated from Little Rock Central.

The district only discovered their inability to get a high school certificate after coming across the men when they were eating lunch one day.

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

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

They served throughout the Korean War and beyond. They didn’t think about themselves at the time, they didn’t wonder, ‘What about me?’ Womack penned the piece. They stepped up to the plate. Isn’t that the genuine spirit of America?

Professors also took the opportunity to detail each veteran’s achievements since joining the Air Force in 1956.

So here’s the rest of the story about my dad. His senior year, 1956, he and several classmates decided to leave school…

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

“Once a Bulldog Always a Bulldog!❤️🐾🎓”

Congratulations and thank you for your service to all four veterans! We are privileged to live in the country we live in today due to individuals like you.

Please spread the word and congratulate these men on their achievements, as well as appreciate them for their sacrifices.

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