106-year-old Reba Williams, of Columbus, Ohio was awarded her Mount Vernon High School diploma 88 years after she completed all the requirements, except one.
Williams did not officially graduate in 1925 because, in an act of academic rebellion the young student refused to read a final book assigned by her teacher.
Reba’s daughter, Lavata Williams recounted a story she was repeatedly told by her grandmother, “(Reba) said the book was not worth reading and she’d already read it once and didn’t like it and wasn’t going to read it again.”
But the centenarian grad doesn’t advise young students to follow her example. “I’d tell them what happened to me…If they expect to get any place in this world, they have to learn,” Williams said.
Attention was brought to Reba Williams’ story after the News Journal profiled her past work as a cook at Malabar Farm State Park, now Ohio’s only working farm and park.
Retired Mount Vernon English teacher, Rita Dailey, saw the story and set off on a mission to get Williams’ her overdue diploma. Dailey succeeded and the board unanimously approved the motion. Superintendent Steve Short presented Williams’ with her diploma and with her family and friends watching.
Source: Yahoo News