It is not every day you hear of an 83-year-old graduating from high school but one Saskatchewan man is getting recognized for just that.
This past summer, David Thompson received his diploma from the General Education Development program at Parkland College in Fort Qu’Appelle.
“I had a friend that was taking it and he was 60,” Thompson explained to News Talk Radio’s MainStreet on Tuesday. “So he gave me the inspiration to get in there and go.”
Thompson attended class one day a week and it took him two years to complete the program.
Thompson was 15 when he completed his Grade 8 education then decided to work on the farm.
“I just felt I didn’t know a soul in town and I just felt that I’d rather stay home and work so that’s what happened.”
Thompson calls it a lifelong dream to finally finish high school.
“In Fort Qu’Appelle there was lots of First Nations people and I worked with them somewhat and I found out, you know, we can work together to simulate some our problems and I found working with them was very enjoyable,” said Thompson talking about his time in class.
After completing his lifelong dream and getting his diploma, Thompson’s children helped him celebrate by making him and cap and gown.
“We even played some beer pong and I had to drink a little beer.”
It should be noted, Thompson received a diploma in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan in 1954. Back then, a high school education was not necessary to get into the program. Instead, an entrance exam was written.