Indiana woman receives diploma 82 years after leaving school

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman who will turn 100 years old later this month has received her high school diploma more than eight decades after she originally was supposed to graduate.

Lora Lois LeMond White Hardy needed just four credits to earn her diploma from Anderson High School in 1933 when she was forced to quit school. She finally received that certificate Tuesday evening at the Anderson Community Schools board of trustees meeting.

The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin reports that Hardy left school at the height of the Great Depression and headed to work at General Motors to help support her family. She worked on the assembly line for more than 40 years before retiring in 1976.

Hardy will celebrate her 100th birthday on May 28.

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