93-Year-Old Willow River Graduate Earns Diploma

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: May 25, 2018 10:36 PM

WILLOW RIVER- A 93-year-old Willow River woman was finally able to earn her high school diploma as a honorary graduate at the Willow River High School graduation ceremony Friday.

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Rose Jirovec Peterson went through quite a journey to get her high school diploma.

Peterson was only a couple years away from graduating, but after finishing ninth grade, she made a decision to serve her family and country first.

As a dedicated, giving, and hardworking sibling and daughter, she left school to take care of her sister in St. Paul.

Later on, she served the country during World War II by modifying B-24 aircraft's.

Peterson went on to work in manufacturing and continued working tirelessly over the years.

Peterson wasn't able to return to school and always felt bad about not being able to finish her education and being part of the special graduation ceremony.

The Willow River Area School district heard about her story and wanted to give Peterson the diploma she would have received years ago.

"The family stuck together and everybody helps one another and that was it. I felt sorry that I didn't go back to school many times," Peterson said.

The class of 2018 invited her as an honorary member of the class and she finally received her high school diploma.

32 students in total were part of the ceremony. Peterson said she felt like she took a load of her shoulder and felt very accomplished.


Alejandra Palacios

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