This Woman Took 75 Years to Earn Her College Degree. The Reason Why Might Surprise You.

You’ve heard of super seniors — college students in their fifth or sixth year of a four-year program — but what about senior super seniors?

One Maine woman has them all beat: she took 75 years to earn her degree.

But it wasn’t for lack of studying — the woman simply needed five dollars.

Image source: screengrab via WVII-TV
Image source: screengrab via WVII-TV

Jessie Jones White, now 99 years old, enrolled at Beal College in 1939.

She completed her coursework, but never paid a five dollar graduation fee — so she never got her degree.

That changed Friday, reported WVII-TV, after the president of the college paid the fee and handed the beaming woman her diploma.

She said she felt “great” to finally receive her degree, and offered a lesson learned from a full life.

“Never give up learning, they say when you give up learning you grow old,” White said. “So I don’t intend to give up learning.”

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