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Move over Van Wilder! 72-year-old college graduate proves it's never too late to follow your dream

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  • Van McKellar graduated Cum Laude from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2012
  • McKellar hadn't been to school since he dropped out of the tenth grade in 1956
  • After homeschooling with his daughter, McKellar was able to brush up his academic skills and get accepted to college
  • Van likes to use his facebook to keep up with family and college friends

By Alexandra Klausner

PUBLISHED: 00:28 EST, 26 January 2014 | UPDATED: 00:36 EST, 26 January 2014

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One 72-year old is the oldest graduate of his college in Colorado and proved that it's never too late to follow your dream.

Van McKellar dropped out of high school in the tenth grade in 1956 and never thought he'd be able to attend university.

The Huffington Post reports that McKellar began home schooling with his daughter years later and once he brushed up his math skills he was accepted to Metropoliton State College of Denver. He said he was always good at science and English but still needed to catch up for lost schooling before attending college.

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Van McKellar graduated at age 72 from Metropolitan State College in Denver with honors

Van McKellar graduated at age 72 from Metropolitan State College in Denver with honors

Before McKellar was a college student he was a mechanic who was able to make enough money to support his family. However, he told Huffington Post he felt like 'something was missing' and that he always wanted to have the college learning experience.

McKellar graduated Cum Laude in 2012 with a major in African American studies and a minor in history.

Mckellar spoke with HuffPost Live and told them what it's like to go to school with a bunch of 20-somethings.

'During the five years that I was in college, I began to feel like I was one of them,' McKellar said. 'Of course, my arthritis and other things that come to you when you're 70 let me know that I was not. But I felt like a college student.'

McKellar told Huffington Post that he enjoys college staples like facebook because it helps him to stay in touch with his friends and family.

He also said he has a message for his family which is, 'Hey if Dad can go to college then I can go to college.' He encourages young people to achieve their dreams despite obstacles they may face.

Coincidentally there is an American film about another Van called Van Wilder about a college student who takes seven years to graduate. Unlike Van Wilder however, Van McKellar graduated with honors and didn't goof his way through school.

Van Mckellar wants his kids and grandchildren to know that if he can go to college so can they

Van Mckellar wants his kids and grandchildren to know that if he can go to college so can they

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Unlike Van Wilder (right) Van McKellar (left) didn't slack off during his college years and managed to graduate with honors and two majors

There is an American film about a man named Van who takes seven years to graduate from college

There is an American film about a man named Van who takes seven years to graduate from college

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