DENVER (CBS4)– A veteran with the U.S. Navy finally received his degree more than 75 years after he enrolled in college.
Bill Harden enrolled at Colorado State University in 1942 but he dropped out 18 months later when he enlisted in the military.READ MORE: Jefferson County Public Health Sues 3 Schools That Are Violating Mask Requirement
Harden went on to serve as a Navy Seabee during WWII.READ MORE: Colorado Weather: Fall Temps, Smoke And Dusting Of Mountain Snow On The Way
On Friday, Harden’s 96th birthday, was awarded an honorary degree from Western State Colorado University.
“Very, very nice. It was kind of a surprise for me,” said Harden.MORE NEWS: Here Are 8 Of The Most Popular Fall Colors Viewing Destinations In Colorado
After the war, Harden returned to Denver where he has lived for the past 70 years.