Men, 88 and 96, get belated Pittsburgh diplomas

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two men who had to leave high school due to extenuating circumstances decades ago have received diplomas from the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Ninety-six-year-old Nicholas Bruga and 88-year-old Paul Goettler (GET’-ler) were honored Wednesday night by the district’s school board.

Bruga was attending Allderdice High School but was unable to graduate when the St. Patrick’s Day flood of 1936 closed the city’s schools and delayed its commencement ceremonies. Bruga never returned because he got a job and later enlisted in the Army to serve during World War II.

Goettler was attending Carrick High School but joined the Army in 1943 and was sent to Italy before he could graduate.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( ) reports federal law allows school districts to award diplomas to honorably discharged veterans of World War II, the Korean conflict, or the Vietnam War.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s