Family thrilled that Nashwauk graduate from 1961 is finally getting signed diploma

Delayed diploma on its way for a Nashwauk woman who graduated in 1961

The family of a Nashwauk woman is thrilled she's finally getting her official diploma, 62 years after she walked across the stage.

At long last, Carole Vianne Clark is getting an official diploma from Nashwauk-Keewatin.

She was in the class of 1961. But the school refused to give her gym credit, so they did not sign her diploma.

Carole had cerebral palsy. And back then, there were no protections or programs for students with disabilities. She tried her best in gym, but couldn’t do the same things as everyone else.

Still, she walked across the stage on graduation day. Now, 62 years later, she’s getting the signed diploma.

Her oldest daughter, Bonnie McBride, told us, “This is incredibly exciting. We loved on our mom for so long. We’ve been so blessed. This is just another opportunity to honor her and make things right.”

Carole, whose married name was McBride, died in in September at the age of 82. She lived a full life, raising a family of four. Loved bingo. Loved her family. Loved a good party.

At her celebration of life, the idea of getting the diploma fixed came up. And the district has decided to issue her one. Everyone is thrilled.

“Equal rights and human rights were very important to our mother,” Jamie McBride shared.

Another daughter, Rinna Waters, added, “It gives us so much hope to those who work in disabilities services, and those living with disabilities. Things are possible, even 62 years later.”

They are very grateful for the help on this, including a former guidance counselor and the current administration.

Superintendent Rae Villebrun shared, “It made my heart so happy, to be able to right a wrong.”