106-Year-Old Receives High School Diploma 88 Years Late

Reba Williams, a 106-year-old woman from Columbus, Ohio, is finally receiving her high school diploma. She never graduated from Mount Vernon High School even though she completed all 12 years. Apparently, she was being punished for being in “academic rebellion,” when she refused to read the final book assigned by her teacher during her last semester. But 88 years later, the local Board of Education has agreed to forgive that act of the rebel student. They passed a motion to approve her diploma. Williams, who has had a long career as a cook at what is now the state’s only working farm and park, Malabar Farm State Park, was not overwhelmed by the board’s generosity. “That’s nice,” she said.
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