Merle Haggard Gets H.S. Diploma

He may already have an honorary doctorate from California State University in Bakersfield, California, but 78-year-old country legend Merle Haggard finally received his high school diploma on Saturday. Bakersfield High School, Haggard’s short-lived alma mater, held a special “graduation” ceremony in an alley outside his tour bus, to present him with the diploma. Though Haggard protested—”But I was only there nine days”—BHS Principal David Reese said, “Once a Driller, always a Driller,” placing emphasis on the “once,” the Bakersfeld Califorian reports. Back story here.

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