70 year old Bob Speed will be officially receiving his GED this week over 50 years after he dropped out of school as a young boy. The best part of the story however is that Speed completed his GED along with his 21 year old grandson, Danny Johnson.
Speed and Johnson reportedly began working on their GEDs are the same time because they felt it would be good to have a partner throughout the entire process. They both agree that having each other for support and encouragement helped a lot and that just makes their graduation even more special.
According to both men the idea actually came about when Speed’s wife, Johnson’s grandmother, suggested that the two of them work on their GEDs during the winter since they wouldn’t be busy. The two men apparently liked the idea and began working on the GED program together.
Members of the GED class the two were in say that they were basically inseparable during the entire class and some even joked that they were twins who were simply separated in age by a few decades. In the end both Bob and Danny say the experience was a great bonding experience and it brought the much closer together; they are both happy to have taken on the challenge and successfully earned their GEDs despite having dropped out of school at one point or another. This just goes to show that anything is possible if you work hard for what you want.