Richmond Man, 91, Receives Associate Degree

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When Glenmore Jones first met Michael Benson on the golf course, he regaled the Eastern Kentucky University president with a fight song from his own college days almost seven decades earlier on the Richmond campus.

When the two met again on Tuesday, July 1, it was to celebrate a milestone that not even a hole-in-one could match.

Jones, who attended Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College for three-plus years immediately after serving in World War II but never completed a degree, was back on campus to erase his only regret in life and receive an associate degree in General Studies with a minor in Military Science.

“All my life I’ve had this dream,” the 91-year-old Jones said. “It’s a great day.”

Jones, who has lived most of his life in Richmond and is well known in the community and on campus, said Eastern “has been such a big part of my life.”

Just steps away from where he received his degree from Benson, Jones once sang in a school choir on the Brock Auditorium stage. A member of Eastern’s golf team while a student, he has continued through the years to follow Colonel sports teams closely.

“This is really an honor for us,” Benson said before presenting the diploma. “You’ve lived a long and distinguished life, and we’re so proud you’re a part of our family.”

After attending Eastern from 1946 to 1949 on the GI Bill, Jones embarked on a career driving a truck to deliver bread throughout eastern Kentucky – at that time, it paid more than teaching – while continuing to serve in the National Guard. But he never gave up on his dream of one day getting his college diploma.

He was joined on the momentous occasion by wife Carolyn and other family members, including several grandchildren. One grandchild has graduated from Eastern and two others are “in process.”

Also on hand were several representatives of the University’s Registrar’s Office as well as faculty and administrators.

Jones continues to lead an active life. In fact, he celebrated his 90th birthday by parachuting from an airplane. His regular column in The Richmond Register chronicles the local golf scene.

Published on July 01, 2014