97-year-old woman graduates high school

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.

Read more of Ann’s story and watch video:



About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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