The saying “Better late than never” has never been quite so apt.

Margaret Thome Bekema, 97, was forced to drop out of Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School in 1932 to help her mother when she was diagnosed with cancer. Bekema was never able to return to school, as she became the head of the household when her mother passed, and took on the task of raising her siblings.

On Oct. 29, however, the administration at Catholic Central High School made up for lost time by presenting Bekema with an honorary high school diploma Read more…

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97-year-old bursts into heartfelt tears after finally receiving her high school diploma