Woman, 99, graduates 75 years after $5 fee prevented her from getting diploma
A 99-year-old Maine woman has graduated from college 75 years after a $5 fee kept her from getting her diploma on time. (The Canadian Press)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, May 25, 2014 5:29PM EDT
CONCORD, N.H. - A 99-year-old Maine woman has graduated from college 75 years after a $5 fee kept her from getting her diploma on time.
Beal College in Bangor awarded Jessie White her degree during a special ceremony on Friday hosted by Alan Stehle, the college's president.
White told ABC News the special ceremony was wonderful and a lot of fun.
White was supposed to graduate in 1939, but couldn't afford the $5 transcript fee.
A friend who recently learned of her decades-old predicament called Stehle, who paid her balance and set up the ceremony.
White, a Maine native, received her degree in stenography and bookkeeping.
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