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98 year old receives high school diploma


After literally a lifetime of wishing, a 98 year old Rockford woman can finally say she has her high school diploma.

Violet Toscano left Rockford Central High School in 1934, with just one semester until graduation.
She says she needed to support her family.

 Eight decades later, she is awarded with her honorary diploma.

 Rockford School District Interim Superintendent Doctor Robert Willis presented Violet with the document.

"What I've been able to do now is grant her an honorary diploma that recognizes her commitment to lifelong learning," says Dr. Willis.  "She still reads the newspaper everyday."

 The ceremony was held the Alden Debes nursing home, where Violet lives.

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