The oldest graduate

Byas gets SHS diploma – 61 years later


Forest Ray Byas (right) was granted his high school diploma more than six decades after he left high school to enlist in the United States Army. Byas was greeted with a standing ovation when SISD Superintendent Mike Kelley (left) handed him the document. Photo by Christina Derr
Graduation marks the end of a long road for anyone who reaches that pinnacle.
However, for one graduate at Springtown High School’s most recent commencement celebration, the road was a bit longer.
In fact, rather than the typical 13 years most students wait for their diplomas, the one bestowed upon Forest Ray Byas was more than six decades overdue.


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