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This 77-year-old army veteran just earned his eighth degree

NOT TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL: Lawyer and army veteran Hurl Taylor

FIFTY YEARS after receiving his first diploma, a 77-year-old war veteran has earned his eighth degree.

The great-grandfather and prominent lawyer recieved his earned his eighth degree on Monday (May 9), this time a master of religion in public life from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Georgia.

“I’m really excited because I think sometimes, senior citizens kind of pine away,” said 77-year-old Hurl Taylor who still practices law. “They don’t do a lot. Going back to school, for me, keeps the old mind very active and I like academics.”

After graduation, Taylor, who shows no sign of slowing down, plans to go to Germany for three weeks with other Candler students and faculty members as part of a study trip to examine the place of contemporary religion in Germany ahead of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. The group will meet with Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim leaders and will also engage issues around the religious response to the refugee crisis.

This is Taylor’s second degree from Emory.

He earned a law degree from the university in 1985 at age 47.

Taylor was one of the lead defence attorneys during the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial. It was after that trial that Taylor, whom many people expected to take time off, decided to return to university for his most recent degree.

Taylor earned his first degree in biology from Hampton University in 1960. His plan at the time was to teach biology to high school students.

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