From the Huffington Post:
“Ann Colagiovanni quit school during the Depression to work in her father’s meat market. Eight decades later, she finally received a diploma.
Colagiovanni, 97, wore a white cap and gown Wednesday when she received an honorary diploma during a special ceremony at Shaker Heights High School in suburban Cleveland.
Seeing her name on the diploma brought tears to her eyes.”
“I’m going to be a graduate,” she said.
“It was the Depression years and working was more important than getting your education,” said Ann’s daughter, Emilia Colagiovanni Vinci. “She did what her father wanted her to do, even though she wanted to graduate. She put her father, her family, before herself.”
Colagiovanni raised two daughters and worked at the market until it closed in the 1960s, but she never went back to school.
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