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99-year-old woman receives honorary diploma from Waterloo Schools

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It may only be September but Monday was graduation day for a former Waterloo East High student.

99-year-old Audrey Crabtree left school early to get married back in 1931.

But the successful business owner, mother and grandmother, finally received her diploma Monday night.

Audrey Crabtree sat in the front row next to her granddaughter and daughter at Monday's Waterloo School Board meeting.

She was the guest of honor - receiving her diploma from East High eight decades after she left school.

Crabtree left to get married and take care of her family.

She later ran a flower shop but told family she had regretted not getting her diploma.

Now, she has it.

"Like I said, I feel so much more intelligent now that I have a diploma," joked Crabtree after a short ceremony.

Some Hoover Middle School students told her she's an inspiration and presented her with hand-written cards saying so.

"I don't feel worthy but it was really an inspiration to me and I'm having a hard time keeping my tears back," said Crabtree.

She says she'll proudly show off her new piece of paper at her Cedar Falls retirement facility.

Though it won't change her - not at 99.

"My writing was illegible and my spelling was original and I don't think graduating from high school would make a difference in that area," she joked.

Crabtree was also presented with a varsity letter from East High, a homecoming pin and an orange East High jacket - thanks to Hoover Middle teacher Sarah Dierks.

Crabtree's family says Monday night's graduation party was a simple night out to dinner though next year, they're planning a big bash for when Audrey turns 100.

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