Burbank resident David Standel was scheduled to graduate from high school in 1961 before a series of complicated family issues forced him to drop out.
He worked a variety of jobs, including at his father’s restaurant and later as a computer systems administrator, but he never completely gave up on his education.
“The idea was always in the back of my head to complete high school,” Standel said. “It is just a feeling of missing something — that part of my life was just missing.”
On Wednesday, the now 69-year-old Standel queued up alongside other Burbank Adult School students, many half his age, to do what he couldn’t a half century earlier: accept his high school diploma.
The commencement ceremony at the Luther Burbank Middle School auditorium was proof that adult education remains more relevant than ever. The Burbank Adult School graduating class was another record, with 98 high school diploma recipients and 63 general education diploma recipients, said Principal Joe Stark.