BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An 88-year-old man whose high school career was interrupted by World War II is finally walking with a graduating class.

The Idaho Statesman reports George Jones will go through commencement this year at Kuna High School.

That's where he was a sophomore in 1941, when Japan attacked the U.S. in Hawaii.

Jones eventually enlisted in the U.S. Army.

When the war ended, however, he never quite managed to graduate, after starting a family and taking a job as a bicycle messenger for a bank.

This year, some Kuna High School seniors enthralled by a talk Jones gave to the school invited him to walk with them as they accept their diplomas.

Bailey Jo Barlome, one of them, says Jones' participation will make the 2013 graduation "better than anybody's ever."