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Alfonso Gonzales, USC’s oldest graduate, receives diploma at 96

Provost Michael Quick presents the long-awaited degree a mere 69 years after the World War II veteran started at USC

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Alfonso Gonzales, USC's oldest graduating Trojan at 96, receives his diploma from Provost Michael Quick. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

His story captured our hearts: The World War II veteran who discovered he was one unit short of getting his degree, then returned to USC to finish what he started. Today he officially became the university’s oldest graduate as Provost Michael Quick presented Alfonso Gonzales, 96, with his diploma. Fight on, indeed.

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