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A man who dropped out of college just short of graduation in 1932 has earned his degree at age 99.

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KTVZ-TV in Bend reports that Leo Plass, of Redmond, Oregon, received his diploma a few days ago from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

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Plass says he was less than one semester away from graduating from what was then called Eastern Oregon Normal School and starting a career as a teacher.

But Plass says it was the Great Depression, and a teaching salary of $80 a month wouldn't cut it.

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So when a friend offered him a spot in a logging outfit at $150 a month, Plass says he couldn't pass it up.

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