San Diego State University

105-Year-Old SDSU Graduate Receives College Diploma

The veteran graduated from the school in 1935 but did not receive a printed diploma back then

It's a celebration 83 years in the making! Bill Vogt, 105, received his college diploma from San Diego State University Thursday. 

The La Mesa native graduated from the school in 1935 but did not receive his printed diploma after a credit dispute with a professor. 

"We had a lot of fun back then," said Vogt. "My favorite part of being on campus? Well, I wasn't a very good student so it was important to leave campus!" 

The Alumni Center learned that their oldest living alumnus didn't have a diploma and hosted a ceremony, presenting it to him with a special 1935 date printed on it. 

"It was just so exciting," said Sandra Cook, SDSU Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. "We found his record in our archive so we could create the diploma." 

After graduation, Vogt joined the Navy, serving in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and spent several years working on the East Coast. 

"I never thought I would see that document anywhere," Vogt laughed. 

Vogt said when he went to SDSU in the 1930's tuition was $35 a semester. 

In comparison, a new in-state student can expect to spend more than $16,000 per academic year in tuition, fees and expenses.

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