The Athens Banner-Herald tells the story of a Chuck Barham, a 1976 Terry College graduate who had to report for active duty in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was forced to skip his graduation ceremony. Now, after almost 50 years, he's come back to Athens to walk across the commencement stage.

“I’m the only one in my family to ever go to college and complete college, but it’s just like I went to class one day, then left and never went back,” Barham told the Banner-Herald.

But that’s not the only reason he’s proud to walk in graduation today.

“I am humbled to do it. I feel like I’m representing all the veterans, the MIAs. I’m getting to honor them,” Barham said.

The full story is available online.