PHOTOS: Mel Guy, 80, High School Graduate

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LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Lindbergh Middle School principal Tim Spivey, right, awards a high school diploma to Mel Guy at Babe’s Kitchen in Long Beach, Calif. on June 8, 2011. When Guy was discharged from the Navy in 1945, he couldn’t find work back east so he hitchhiked to California where he was trained in the sheet-metal business. In 1950, he opened his own shop in Signal Hill. He married, raised children, all of whom attended Poly. One was killed in Vietnam. in all these years, Mel never received a high-school diploma. The diploma was a surprise. See more pictures>>