After 75 years, this 99-year-old woman finally graduates from college
A 99-year old woman from Maine finally graduated from college, more than 75 years after she was supposed to
Jessie White received her long awaited college degree in stenography and book-keeping on May 23 in a small ceremony held at the Beal College in Maine.
What kept her from graduating in 1939?
US$5 or about S$6.
While ABC News did not report why she was unable to come up with the amount to obtain her degree, it was reported that that when the current president of Beal College Alan Stehle found out about her story, he not only paid off the offending amount that was keeping her from graduating, he organised a special graduation ceremony to award her the degree.
Her graduation might have taken slightly longer than normal, but White was still happy that she finally got her degree.
"I didn't think my life was complete without it," she said in an interview with ABC News.
Due to a polio infection that she suffered when she was just eight months old, White has had to use crutches to aid her walking almost all her life.
Despite the disability, and not graduating from college, she succeeded in finding a job as a bookkeeper in Maine.
She said: "Never give up learning, they say when you give up learning you grow old. So I don't intend to give up learning."
Source: ABC News.