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TMSG: 94-Year-Old Receives High School Diploma 79 Years After Dropping Out

At the age of 94-years-old Grace Lee McClure Smith finally got to celebrate her high school graduation.

Smith dropped out of Hazel Green High School at the age of 16 in 1942 as her husband went off to fight in World War II. Even without getting a degree, Smith kept education close to heart, working as a bus driver for the Madison County School Systems for more than 30 years. Her granddaughter Erin Wilson helped arrange a ceremony for Smith to get her degree. She told WAAY, "She never ever mentioned regretting anything in life. She would never take it back because she absolutely loved my grandfather and that was just what she wanted to do, but I think this was very important to her."

The school Facebook account shared a photo of Smith posing in her cap and gown on her happy day. Smith told WHNT, "I feel like I don't deserve it. There's a lot more people that are much more deserving than me. I'm just doing my job, love it. I love most of it most of the time. Good times!"

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