After almost 80 years of waiting, 97-year-old Margaret Thome Bekema finally received her High School Diploma. Margaret never graduated in 1936 like she was supposed to. Instead, she was forced to leave school to take care of her siblings and her mother who was sick with cancer.
Last week, however, thanks to a distant relative, Margaret received an honorary diploma.
With tears in her eyes, Margaret expressed her gratitude to those who made it possible.
“I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Margaret said. “I had to quit school to take over the family. It was hard, you have no idea how hard that was. I loved high school and I had lots of friends.”
“Her life has been one of sacrifice and service. It has been so encouraging and inspiring for our community because her choices represent all the core values that we teach our students,” Central Principal Greg Deja said.
Watch the moment Margaret is presented with her High School diploma in the video below:
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