Ohio Depression-Era Dropout, 97, Gets A Diploma

By: AP
By: AP

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio woman who quit school during the Depression finally has a high school diploma.

Officials from a high school in suburban Cleveland awarded an honorary diploma to the 97-year-old this week. Ann Colagiovanni wore a white cap and gown to a special ceremony.

Seeing her name on the diploma brought tears to her eyes. The diploma she received from Shaker Heights High School is dated June 1934, the year she would have graduated.

Family members tell WJW-TV in Cleveland that she quit high school when she was 17 to work in her father's meat market.

They say, at the time, working was more important than graduating high school. But they didn't know how much getting the diploma meant to her.

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