Sixty-eight years ago a now Korean war veteran from Manistique gave up graduating with his high school class. Now he's getting a second chance at walking across the stage.
"It was also a part of my life I felt I missed out on," said Lawrence Rubick.
Eighty-five year Lawrence Rubick gave up a lot when he tried to enlist in the army to serve in World War II including graduating with his senior class of 1946.
"You had to be 17 and I went right down and I tried to enlist. Strange thing is I didn't pass my physical," Rubick said.
Rubick didn't pass a vision screening. He was later drafted for the Korean War in 1950 and served until 1953.
Now 68 years after he dropped out of Manistique High School, Rubick stood before his now graduating class of 2014.
"It's awesome because all through my life after I got out of the service I always felt like I missed something in life. The fact that I didn't get a High School Diploma, always felt that I somehow would have like to have done that," explains Rubick.
Graduating has been a dream on his bucket list ever since he left war. That dream has come true because of Public Act 181 which allows high schools to grant diplomas to people who were on track to graduate, but couldn't finish because they were serving during a time of war.
Candidates need to have a diploma equivalent to qualify, and Rubick had his GED. So, after years of waiting he finally receives his diploma.
"When I received it the first thing I did was open it up and see if my name was on it to make sure I got the right one," Rubick said.