97-year-old grandma weeps tears of joy when she finally gets her high school diploma

By admin
05 November 2015

After her mom died when she was still a teenager, Margaret Thome Bekema dropped out of high school to look after her siblings.

After her mom died when she was still a teenager, Margaret Thome Bekema dropped out of high school to look after her siblings.

The 97-year-old grandma, from Michigan, never got to go back to school, instead pursuing a career in clerical work before becoming a pre-school teacher. And now, 79 years after she was supposed to graduate, her old school Catholic Central High School has awarded Margaret with an honorary high school diploma.
'I thank you from the bottom of my heart'

"Catholic Central is proud to honor Margaret with the diploma she should have received long ago. Even though Margaret never officially completed high school, her story as a former Catholic Central student has impacted the school and our community," said principal Greg Deja in a press release.

"The selfless way Margaret lived her life truly embodies Catholic Central's core values and we are proud to now officially claim her as a Catholic Central alumna."

 

The overjoyed elderly cried tears of joy when she received the award in front her daughter Gerri Smith.

"I thank you from the bottom of my heart," she said, wearing a graduation cap.

 

After the ceremony, Gerri said,"I am thrilled that my mother's life-long dream of receiving her high school diploma is finally being fulfilled."

Sources: boredpanda.com, today.com

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