88-year-old Ashland man finally earns GED


On Sunday one Ashland great grandfather accomplished one of his life long goals while family and friends cheered him on the entire time.

Robert McGinnis, known to many as Bob, walked across the stage at Ashland Community and Technical College to receive his GED.

He is 88-years-old. One of the oldest, if not the oldest, GED graduates in the entire state of Kentucky.

“You know I never thought about going back to school for a long, long time,” he said. “All my children they all graduated and I thought it would be nice if I had one too.”

McGinnis dropped out of school in 11th grade during the Great Depression to work at a shipyard and bring money home to his family. He was later drafted by the army before landing a job in Ashland with the railroad in 1947.

“He just never quits, he goes everywhere,” said Tracy Diamond, Bob’s granddaughter.

Last year McGinnis signed up for classes at the Adult Education Center at Ashland Community and Technical College. He spent hours going to class, studying and working on math problems over the phone with his son.

“You never get too old to learn,” he said. “I’ve always said that. I learn something new everyday, everyday.”

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