WACO, Texas – When Marvin L. Ã¢â‚¬Å“HubÃ¢â‚¬Â Northen left Baylor University in 1929, he was one chemistry credit shy of graduating. This fall, the 100-year-old was finally granted his degree.
Northen, who lives in a nursing home in Shreveport, La., did not attend SaturdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s commencement at Baylor. But he was listed among the December 2006 graduates.
He had a surprise graduation ceremony at his Shreveport church on Nov. 28 when he was presented with a Baylor diploma, a cap and gown and his official transcript.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expect any of it. Of course, I appreciated it. It wore me out all day long,Ã¢â‚¬Â Northen said.
Northen left Baylor because the Great Depression had hit and he needed to work to help his family.
According to Glenn Hilburn, the retired chair of BaylorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s religion department, Northen has been participating in a class that can be substituted for the Chemistry 101 class he never took.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s passed this substitute class with a grade of A-plus without even knowing it,Ã¢â‚¬Â Hilburn said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Life 101. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mastered that course and mastered it well.Ã¢â‚¬Â