World War II veteran, 90, earns his college degree

A 90-year-old World War II veteran is living proof that you are never too old to earn a college degree.

Walter Bunker, of Kenwood, Ohio, graduated from Xavier University Saturday afternoon, describing his achievement as a lifelong dream come true. At the commencement he received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, cum laude.


"It took me 70 years. I realized back in 1944 if I graduated, I would have to leave home and get a job. I decided to put it off for a little bit," Bunker told FOX19 in Cincinnati.

Bunker’s escort at the commencement was Ryan Hoefer, an Iraq War vet, 60 years his junior.

Bunker took his first college class in 1941 on a music scholarship. Then he enlisted in World War II. He flew on combat missions overseas as a bombardier, Xavier said in a news release.

After his discharge from the service, Bunker returned to college and then took classes, off-and-on, for the next 70 years.

"It's never too late to be what you might have been," Bunker told FOX19, quoting George Eliot. "So at the age of 90, it's not too late to get a degree."