MSNBC/AP: 100-year-old man finally receives college degree — When Northen left Baylor in 1929, he was one credit shy of graduating

. . . Northen left Baylor because the Great Depression had hit and he needed to work to help his family.

According to Glenn Hilburn, the retired chair of Baylor’s religion department, Northen has been participating in a class that can be substituted for the Chemistry 101 class he never took.

“He’s passed this substitute class with a grade of A-plus without even knowing it,” Hilburn said. “It’s Life 101. He’s mastered that course and mastered it well.”