Woman, 99, finally gets degree after college president pays her $5 charge

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99-year-old Jessie White finally got her college degree after the school’s president stepped up and paid the $5 transcript fee.

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A 99-year-old Maine woman is celebrating her graduation from college 75 years after a $5 transcript fee kept her from getting her diploma on time.

Beal College in Bangor awarded Jessie White her degree during a special ceremony last week hosted by college President Alan Stehle.

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White tells ABC News that she didn’t think her life was complete without the graduation ceremony.

White was supposed to graduate in 1939 but couldn’t afford the fee. A friend who learned of her plight years later called Stehle, who paid her balance and set up the ceremony.

White received her degree in stenography and bookkeeping.

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