This Michigan women finally got to wear a cap and gown with a diploma in hand nearly 80 years after she was kicked out of high school for being pregnant.
Iris Weatherwax at the spry age of 97, received her honorary diploma during an emotional private ceremony. She told the Davison Community Schools Superintendent Eric Lieske that failing to graduate from high school was one of the biggest regrets of her life.
Iris was supposed to graduate in 1938 but the school district prohibited her from graduating because she was pregnant. At the time she was married to Lloyd Weatherwax but that didn’t matter to the district. Her sister, Mildred Burgess said that Lloyd and Iris were high school sweethearts. Lloyd passed away in 1973. They have four kids together.
Paula Clarambeau, Iris’ niece set up the honorary diploma ceremony for her. Pauala said that she was upset with the school because “at the time [they] said when she asked to go back they wouldn’t let her.” But Eric granted her honorary diploma because her story shows how important education can mean to someone.
Eric and the rest of her family went to the Grand Blanc Township assisted living home she stays at. Eric presented her with the honorary diploma and a cap to make it official. Once she received her diploma she asked “Is it alright if I cry,” while starting to cry. The whole story and video is truly touching.