Back in 1942, Grace Lee McClure Smith dropped out of high school at the age of 16, as her husband went off to fight in World War II.
Since then, Grace never forgot her time in school. She worked as a bus driver for the Madison County School Systems in Alabama — and encouraged her family to continue on with their studies.
At age 94, Grace finally was able to celebrate her high school graduation, thanks to her granddaughter Erin Wilson, who helped arrange the ceremony.
Erin explained that her grandmother Grace didn’t regret dropping out of school, but also recognized that graduation “was very important to her.”
So, Erin put the party together to make sure Grace was honored for her hard work and years of service.
Grace said she was grateful to finally graduate — 79 years after leaving school to support her husband, and went further to suggest, “It’s better late than never, isn’t it?” (WTVD-TV)