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94-year-old earns high school diploma

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WESTFORD, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- It's graduation season, and this year a very special senior will get her diploma from Westford Academy.

It's a dream finally realized 78 years later, 94-year-old Genevieve Johnson will graduate with the Class of 2014. Genevieve was in the Westford Academy class of 1936, but it was the Great Depression and she chose work over school to help her family. She was just two classes short of a diploma back then, but now she is graduating.

Annette Cerullo, coordinator at Westford's Cameron Senior Center said she asked Genevieve if she had any regrets in her life.

"I simply asked is there anything you wish you'd done differently in your life. Immediately she said I wish I had graduated from school," Annette said.

"I often thought about going back to school but didn't know how you would go about it," Genevieve said.

Betsy Murphy, a Dean at Westford stepped in to help.

"She's got her weekly hair appointment, which we schedule her classes around," Betsy said.

Genevieve has English and History class two days a week, and is looking forward to graduating.

"Oh it makes me feel good that I finally get to finish and get a diploma," Genevieve said.

She's picked up for school by Grace, Christina and Caroline, Westford seniors who intern at the Senior Center and say that Genevieve is an inspiration to them.

"I never saw girls so wonderful to me, honest," Genevieve said.

"It's a unique opportunity and such a great experience to interact with someone from such a different generation," one of the girls said.

Genevieve will don a cap and gown and walk with the other seniors on June 6. A lifetime dream realized, finally, a high school graduate at the age of 94. Genevieve’s next big milestone is July 5, when she turns 95.

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