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SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio – Most seniors wait for years for the cap and gown, but for Ann Colagiovanni, it took a bit longer.
Ann – or Anna Lupica as she was known in the 1930s – was only 17 years old when she quit school. She helped fill relief orders for at her father’s Lupica’s Grocery Meat Market. “It was the depression years and working was more important than getting your education,” said Ann’s daughter, Emilia Colagiovanni Vinci.
“She did what her father wanted her to do, even though she wanted to graduate. She put her father, her family, before herself.” But Wednesday, Shaker Heights High School bestowed the 97-year-old an honorary high school diploma—something Ann’s dreamt of her whole life.