Beal College in Bangor awarded Jessie White her degree during a special ceremony on Friday hosted by Alan Stehle, the college’s president. White was supposed to graduate in 1939 but couldn’t afford the transcript fee.

A Maine native, she received her degree in stenography and bookkeeping.

White suffered a disability from a polio infection but she persisted until she landed a job and worked for years as a bookkeeper.

White said finally getting her degree made her feel ‘great’.

“Never give up learning. They say when you give up learning you grow old,” she said.

“So I don’t intend to give up learning,” She added.

(Courtesy: Mid-day)

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