97-year-old woman finally receives high school diploma

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DAVISON, Mich. (WJRT) -- It's been a long time coming, but finally Iris Weatherwax can say she is a high school graduate.

With help from family, Eric Lieske, superintendent of Davison Schools in Michigan, presented her with an honorary high school diploma from Davison High School class of 1938.

"I love it," says Iris. "I think its wonderful."

She would have graduated in 1938, but instead Iris married her high school sweetheart and began her family.

"They didn't let her finish school because she was pregnant with the guy who is standing here talking," says her son, James Weatherwax. "Back in those days, they wouldn't let them finish school. My mother and dad put all four of us through high school. That was the goal and we made the goal, so this is another one."

For Lieske, he says its a long time coming and there is no one more deserving than someone like Iris.

"She's missed out on that. Shes had a lot of roles and a lot of achievements throughout her adulthood, but one thing that was missing was that high school diploma," says Lieske. "So to be able to provide that today certainly is a memorable experience for everyone involved."

Surrounded by family and friends, Iris finally got her cap and gown.

Read the original version of this article at abc12.com.