100-Year-Old Gets High School Diploma

Friday, May 13, 2011  |  Updated 8:52 AM CDT
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100-Year-Old Gets High School Diploma

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The decision to withhold diplomas for all the seniors did not sit well with some school board members.

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A 100-year-old Texas high school dropout is finally getting her diploma.

Thelma Dyess had told the Galveston County Daily News at her 100th birthday party in Texas City that she had always regretted dropping out of school after the eighth grade during the Great Depression to find work.

Texas City school Superintendent Bob Brundrett read her comments and decided to do something about it. At his suggestion, the Texas City school board voted this week to award Dyess an honorary high school diploma during the June 3 graduation ceremony.

District spokeswoman Melissa Tortorici says Dyess will even don the cap and gown for the occasion.

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