Ohio woman gets diploma 63 years after missing graduation

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LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio woman who missed graduation in 1952 because she needed a half-credit of gym class has received her high school diploma decades later as current students watched.

The Morning Journal reports a graduation march played Thursday while 80-year-old Susan Bostik Reynolds was pushed in a wheelchair to a stage at Lorain’s Clearview High School. She wore a blue graduation cap for the surprise ceremony in a new auditorium at her old school.

She says she waited a long time for the diploma and was glad her children could see it. She says she’d fallen short of graduation requirements because an appendix problem sent her to the hospital.

Guidance counselor Jean Branzel said the ceremony illustrated the importance of getting a diploma, no matter how long it takes.

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