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99-year-old US woman receives college diploma. A 99-year-old woman in the US has finally received her college diploma after she failed to pay the...

New York: A 99-year-old woman in the US has finally received her college diploma after she failed to pay the required fee of $5, 75 years ago.

Jessie Rose White of Belfast, Maine, received a degree in stenography and bookkeeping after completing courses at Beal College in Bangor in 1939.

“I’m delighted!” White said, “I didn’t have the money to pay for the diploma, so I didn’t get it.”

“I’m glad I had to wait 75 years, because it was more fun than it would have been in the first place,” wheelchair-bound White said at a special graduation ceremony held yesterday.

White says she put herself through bookkeeping courses with $500 her uncle had given her years before she enrolled at Beal.

“It stayed in the bank, and he specified it couldn’t be used for anything but education,” White said.

White says she used all her money to complete the required courses and could not afford the $5 diploma fee.

Dona Gilbert, a friend of White’s who recently learned about her plight, contacted the college to share White’s story.

“She deserved a diploma. I just thought it needed to be done,” Gilbert said.

Beal College President Allen Stehle presented White with her diploma.

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