100-year-old Massachusetts woman receives high school diploma

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NORTH READING, Mass. — A 100-year-old Massachusetts woman who had to quit school more than 80 years ago finally earned her high school diploma.

Clare Picciuto was set to begin high school in the 1930s, right as The Great Depression hit and the economy tanked. So, her parents asked her to stop her education and begin working, ABC News reports.

After recently attending her granddaughter’s college graduation, Picciuto began to regret not receiving her diploma.

“She’s been to so many graduations — my high school, college and grad school ones. And a bunch more for all my daughters. But she never had her own,” Picciuto’s daughter, Deborah, according to ABC News.

So, Deborah spoke with the school district’s superintendent about the degree to see if there was any way to get it, and on Wednesday, her dreams came true and the North Reading Superintendent Jon Bernard gave Picciuto a cap, gown and her honorary degree.