Grandmother, 93, graduates high school 74 years after being expelled (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A nonagenarian has become of the oldest high school graduates in the United States as she was finally awarded her diploma – 74 years after she was expelled.
Dorothy Huston was a senior at North High School in Akron, Ohio in 1942 when she secretly married her husband John after he was called into the U.S. Army Air Corps during the Second World War.
But when she accidentally let slip about her wedding, Mrs Huston, then 18, was expelled – just shy of graduation.
Grandmother, 93, graduates high school 74 years after being expelled
Grandmother, 93, graduates high school 74 years after being expelled1
Grandmother, 93, graduates high school 74 years after being expelled2
Last week, to celebrate her 93rd birthday, the grandmother was pictured tossing her graduation cap in the air as she was finally granted her high school diploma.
‘This is the most wonderful gift I’ve ever had,’ she told The Denver Channel
Dorothy’s daughter, Janice Larkin, had written a letter to the school ahead of her mother’s birthday to ask if she could receive the belated diploma.
When Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James read the letter he immediately agreed to help.
‘I felt terrible for the way Mrs. Liggett was treated all of those years ago and wanted to do what we could to make it up to her,’ James told Kxan.
‘To have invested 13 years in school, to have been a good student and still not receive a diploma because of that, was simply wrong.’
Larkin described how her mother had run away to Kentucky to marry her husband John Huston – who shares the same name as the celebrated American director of The African Queen – who had graduated from school two years earlier.
A few months later they discovered that Dorothy was pregnant.
Mrs Huston accidentally blurted out she was married a short time later after a teacher ordered her to study hall after she forgot her gym clothes.
The feisty student had replied she was not going to study hall but was going home instead as she was married.
‘Walking home, I thought ‘oh my gosh, I shouldn’t have done this,” she told The Washington Post.
‘In those days, you couldn’t be married and be in school,’ said Larkin, one of Huston’s five children, who insisted that the school were not aware of the pregnancy.
Despite much pleading by her parents, Mrs Huston was never allowed to return to school.
‘She regretted it her whole life,’ said another daughter, Diane Bailey.
Mrs Huston went onto have five children and became a mentor for young people – and never forgot the importance of an education.
On March 9, with her family gathered at her Ohio home to celebrate her birthday, an emtional Mrs Huston finally received her diploma.
‘It just feels wonderful,’ she told The Post. ‘I feel like I’m 18 again and I just graduated.
‘I just feel like my life is complete now.’
‘While it may be an honor for Dorothy, for us it is a long overdue recognition of her achievement from her days as a student at APS,’ James told the Akron Beacon Journal.
‘While any day certainly would have been suitable, we feel her birthday is the perfect occasion — what better gift for a life-long learner and one who has given so much to so many?’
Lela Burden is believed to have become the oldest high school graduate after she received her diploma from from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia, aged 111 in 2014.

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