BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Merle Haggard finally has his high school diploma at the age of 78.
The Bakersfield Californian reports Bakersfield High School principal David Reese presented Haggard with a diploma Saturday before Haggard’s show in Bakersfield. Haggard pointed out he only went to the school nine days. Haggard skipped school starting with the first week of his freshman year. He spent time in juvenile detention centers before eventually landing at San Quentin Prison for burglary. Haggard discovered music and stayed out of trouble after that.