84-year-old receives high school diploma

Posted at 9:49 PM, May 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-21 22:23:45-04

HOLLAND, Mich. -- 84-year-old Al Steenwyk has accomplished a lot in the last 60 years of his life, but there's been one thing he's been waiting to do all those years.

On Thursday he checked another item of his bucket list and walked across the stage in Devos Fieldhouse to accept his high school diploma from Hudsonville High School.

Awhile back Stynweek wrote a letter to principal of Hudsonville High School, asking for a chance to receive his diploma.  The principal was more than happy to help Al accomplish his goal.

image1Al was in high spirits during the ceremony, finally being a part of the graduation experience he's waited so long for, "Oh it feels great! The big relief is that I didn’t trip going up the stairs or down the stairs.. That was my biggest concern," he told Fox 17.

Unlike the rest of the students embarking on the next chapter of their lives, Al has already done a lot of living, and shared some advice with his fellow alumni, "Well I just hope I have been an inspiration to them, and the one thing I encourage them to do is try anything you want, and to not be ashamed to fail.  You can always do something else, but never let it be said you didn't try."

With graduation now behind him, Al says he plans on checking more experiences off his bucket list.  He has already set his sights on traveling to the Amazon.