DENVER -- The Abraham Lincoln High School class of 2017 had a special graduate Thursday as a 71-year-old veteran walked the stage with students.
David Shuker enlisted after his junior year in 1963 to help his family financially. Because he was forced to drop out, he never got his high school diploma.
The veteran celebrated his graduation with the class of 2017 at the University of Denver's Ritchie Center.
Shuker received his diploma thanks to Operation Recognition, a group that gives diplomas to eligible vets over 60 years old who left high school early to enlist.