Lora Lois LeMond was in her senior year in 1933 when the height of the Great Depression struck. With only four credits to complete before graduation, LeMond was forced to drop out of high school to help her father who had fallen ill.
Eighty-two years later, LeMond was awarded an honorary diploma from Anderson High School, by the board of trustees.
Attending her graduation, the 99 year-old was hand-delivered her degree by Superintendent Terry Thompson, who crossed the room to award LeMond her long-awaited diploma.
“She has stated that her biggest regret in life is that she was not able to complete high school and earn her diploma,” said Thompson.
LeMond was surrounded by friends and family at the ceremony. “I knew I was going to get the diploma, but I had no idea it would be all this,” LeMond humbly stated.