A Texas A&M student who started his education in 1963 is — “at long last” — zeroing in on graduation and has ordered his Aggie ring.
Michael Compton, 74, has a résumé longer than many A&M seniors. A Marine veteran and a retired four-term sheriff, Compton will graduate sometime in 2020, likely in August. He will receive his ring in April.
Compton said that subpar academic performance got him sent home almost exactly 54 years ago. Texas A&M online classes, his life experiences and a strong support network all have led him to the verge of graduation — the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, he said.
Compton lives in Gainesville, which is about 65 miles north of Fort Worth and is just south of the Red River.
Compton’s Jan. 10 Facebook post announcing that he’d ordered his ring quickly garnered attention from Aggies in Texas and beyond. It has been shared nearly 600 times and has more than 450 comments.
“I never stopped being a Texas Aggie! Now, after more than 50 years, I am closing in on graduation,” Compton wrote on Facebook.
Compton said he started as a freshman at A&M in 1963 in Company B-1 in the Corps of Cadets. “I was a…
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