97-Year-Old Finally Graduates From High School After 80 Years

With grey hair, crinkled skin and frail hands, Margaret Thome Bekema doesnt look like your average high school graduate and thats because she isnt.

Margaret is 97-years-old and never got to graduate from Grand Rapids Catholic Central High when it was her time around in 1936.


Instead, she was forced to leave school, aged 17, in 1932 to take care of her brothers, sisters and her mother who was extremely sick with cancer.

However thanks to a distant relative, Margaret finally got her big moment 79 years after she was supposed to graduate.

She tearfully said: I thank you from the bottom of my heart, Bekema told Mlive. I had to quit school to take over the family. It was hard, you have no idea how hard that was. I loved high school and I had lots of friends.


Thoughtfully the diploma was dated the year that Ms Bekema was supposed to have graduated and was granted to her by the current principle of the school.

He said: Her life has been one of sacrifice and service. It has been so encouraging and inspiring for our community because her choices represent all the core values that we teach our students.

Margaret even received her school letter!