EDUCATION

94-year-old man who started college in 1939 will graduate from West Virginia after 75 years

  • In this Monday April 27, 2015 photo provided by West Virginia University, 94-year-old Anthony Brutto blows out the candles on a birthday cake as his daughter, Lisa Bridges, looks on in his home in Morgantown, W. Va.  Brutto will be one of the oldest graduates in the history of West Virginia University when he receives his diploma Sunday, May 17.  (Brian Persinger/West Virginia University via AP)

    In this Monday April 27, 2015 photo provided by West Virginia University, 94-year-old Anthony Brutto blows out the candles on a birthday cake as his daughter, Lisa Bridges, looks on in his home in Morgantown, W. Va. Brutto will be one of the oldest graduates in the history of West Virginia University when he receives his diploma Sunday, May 17. (Brian Persinger/West Virginia University via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Monday April 27, 2015 photo provided by West Virginia University shows 94-year-old Anthony Brutto in class in Morgantown, W. Va.  Brutto will be one of the oldest graduates in the history of West Virginia University when he receives his diploma on Sunday, May 17.  (Brian Persinger/West Virginia University via AP)

    This Monday April 27, 2015 photo provided by West Virginia University shows 94-year-old Anthony Brutto in class in Morgantown, W. Va. Brutto will be one of the oldest graduates in the history of West Virginia University when he receives his diploma on Sunday, May 17. (Brian Persinger/West Virginia University via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Monday April 27, 2015 photo provided by West Virginia University shows 94-year-old Anthony Brutto at his home in Morgantown, W. Va.  Brutto will be one of the oldest graduates in the history of West Virginia University when he receives his diploma Sunday, May 17.  (Brian Persinger/West Virginia University via AP)

    This Monday April 27, 2015 photo provided by West Virginia University shows 94-year-old Anthony Brutto at his home in Morgantown, W. Va. Brutto will be one of the oldest graduates in the history of West Virginia University when he receives his diploma Sunday, May 17. (Brian Persinger/West Virginia University via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A 94-year-old man will be one of the oldest graduates in the history of West Virginia University when he receives his diploma Sunday.

The school says in a press release that Anthony Brutto, who studied on and off for 75 years, will be awarded his Regents Bachelor of Arts degree during commencement.

Brutto first entered the university in 1939 when tuition was $50. He was drafted in 1942, serving in the Army Air Corps until the end of World War II.

Brutto re-enrolled at the school in 1946, but could not finish because he had to care for his sick wife.

A machinist by trade, Brutto says graduating from college was always important to him. He jokingly says he'll take a break before pursuing a master's degree.