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Surprise: She Gets Her Diploma After 63 Years

Ohio's Susan Bostik Reynolds missed out because of gym class.
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2015 6:17 PM CDT
Surprise: She Gets Her Diploma After 63 Years
Susan Bostik Reynolds waves to Clearview High School students during graduation ceremonies in Lorain, Ohio.   (REV-SHARE)

(Newser) – The folks running Ohio's Clearview High School back in 1952 were sticklers for accuracy, as 80-year-old Susan Bostik Reynolds recalled on a trip to the school yesterday:

  • “You know why I missed my graduation? I needed a quarter of a credit. I was sick. I had to go to the hospital. I had an appendix attack. I didn’t finish gym class. ... Well, they were only doing their job, I guess.”
As a result, she went all these years without a high school diploma. But as the Morning Journal reports, her kids took care of that. They brought her to the school on a pretext, listened to her reminisce, then informed her that the school was giving her a diploma, 63 years late. "I'm happy," she said. "And I'm glad that my children were here to see it." It is indeed official: The graduating class of 1952 now has 64 graduates, says a school rep. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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