Editor’s note: Grace Lee McClure Smith always wanted to graduate from high school. Finally, at age 94, she got her chance as detailed in this article from Al.com:
“It’s never too late to receive your high school diploma, as one Alabama woman proved on Wednesday when she graduated from a Madison County high school at the age of 94.
Grace Lee McClure Smith was finally able to turn her tassel nearly 80 years after she left Hazel Green High School so her husband could fight in World War II.
“I am so grateful. Thank you so much. It’s better late than never, isn’t it,” Smith told WAAY.
According to the outlet, Smith received her diploma in a room full of her loved ones, including her 26 great-grandchildren.
Her granddaughter, Erin Wilson said that while Smith never regretted doing anything in her life, getting her diploma was always something that was very important to her.
After Smith left high school, she went on to work as a Madison County School system bus driver for 30 years and even drove Wilson to and from school.
According to Wilson, she always emphasized how important learning was.
“She always encouraged me to go to school, make sure I finish school and now she encourages my girls,” Wilson said.”