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It’s Never Too Late to Get That Diploma

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They checked his transcripts and the registrar’s records to make sure he had completed all the requirements, and in late 2009, Dr. Ullin W. Leavell received his College of Arts and Science diploma from Dean Carolyn Dever—66 years after leaving Vanderbilt during World War II. Leavell, BA’43, entered medical school a year early to help with the war effort. The 86-year-old says it always bothered him that his Arts and Science diploma wasn’t hanging on the wall with his other degrees. In the years since he left Vanderbilt, the physician marked a successful career as a dermatologist and taught at the University of Kentucky.

photo credit: John Russell

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