A 103-year-old Wisconsin woman has achieved something she’s “always wanted": she’s become a high school graduate.
At a ceremony held at her assisted living facility on Friday, a cap-and-gown-clad Marie Hunt received the honorary diploma from River Valley High School in Spring Green. According to WKOW, staffers at the facility had partnered with the school and the Spring Green School District to make the centenarian’s dream come true.
“It's something I always wanted to do,” Hunt told the news outlet. “And I didn't have the opportunity to go and now 100 years later, here I am.”
According to KTVI, Hunt would have been a member of the class of 1928, but she dropped out of school after completing the eighth grade.
“I was born in 1911, and there was no way that country kids six miles away could go to high school,” she said.
Instead, Hunt reportedly spent her teen years caring for her eight younger brothers and sisters, Hunt told The Huffington Post. She said she then went on to hold a variety of jobs, including working as a store clerk and taking care of new mothers and their babies. She later went on to purchase a business with her husband.
All we can say is: Congratulations, Marie!