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Kenneth Olson lifts the tassel on his grandson's mortarboard for a kiss from his wife Luella after recieving an honorary degree from Mayville/Portland-C G High School Friday afternoon. JOHN STENNES

He's 83 and a fresh graduate from May-Port-Cg

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MAYVILLE, N.D. -- Wearing a mortarboard, suspenders and a ear-to-ear grin, Kenneth Olson received his high school diploma Friday.

Minus the suspenders, it is a scene that will be repeated thousands of times in the region this weekend. One difference from most graduates is that Olson is 83 and last attended school 68 years ago. Another was that it's an honorary degree, awarded to veterans who went to war rather than to a classroom.

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