Welzie Swafford, 57, graduated high school after 40 years Thursday evening.
The success was especially sweet for Swafford. It was his fifth attempt in a straight 34-month period.
Swafford received his GED through Roane State Community College’s Adult Education program during its graduation ceremony in Roane State’s theater.
While signing up for Social Security and disability for disc problems, Swafford was advised to finish high school after all this time.