Bill Tinsley was just 15 years old when he left high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army to fight in World War II. Now, at the age of 85, Tinsley finally received his diploma during a special student assembly at the Bixby High School.
Tinsley’s journey to a diploma started with his desire to encourage a grandson to receive his own GED by going back to school through the Union Adult Education Program last February. "This is a perfect example of what our program strives to achieve in the communities we serve. Mr. Tinsley is a reminder that it is never too late to fulfill a lifelong dream," said JoAnna Jamison, Director of the Adult Education program.
Tinsley, a retired pastor, started working with GED instructor Chuck White through the Asbury Learning Center, a satellite of Unions' Adult Education program, to study for the GED when he learned about the Diplomas for Veterans program which offers diplomas for honorably discharged veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
“He has been working hard with me to prepare for and pass the GED test as a way to encourage a grandson, but with this program he will receive his diploma instead,” White said. “Although he could pass the GED test, he will continue to participate in adult learning classes to further his education.”