Dressed in slacks and a trim blue blazer with brass buttons George Ramirez sat proudly alongside his lone fellow graduate at Manual High School on Wednesday. Ramirez smiled and took in the day’s festivities with the confidence of a man who had long ago graduated high school and had already lived many lives. Windows throughout the school were painted with names of seniors and phrases centering on the general principal that this year, 2019, is the year of those seniors. Fittingly, Ramirez and his classmate narrowly eclipsed the end of the school year with a graduation ceremony just days after the full class of Manual 2019 walked. Ramirez and the lone classmate, his younger sister, Anita Ramirez Cruz, sat side-by-side as they had many times before this day as each of their names were called. First, George Ramirez. The two dozen or so people gathered, mostly family, clapped politely as if on a PGA green. Ramirez straightened as his name breezed through the room in anticipation of holding his long-awaited diploma in one hand, while gripping his cane in the other. Ramirez, who is 95, and his little sister, Anita Ramirez Cruz, now 94, were students in the 1940s at Manual and did not receive their diplomas until more than 75 years after they were enrolled. George never graduated because he was drafted and fought in WWII, while Anita went to work and then raised a family. George’s granddaughter Kaycee Villanueba said that her grandfather’s post-graduation activities would likely include lunch, a long walk and a nap.