Indiana woman receives diploma 82 years after leaving school

Wearing her cap & gown Lora Lois LeMond White Hardy, 99, looks over the honorary diploma from Anderson High School in Anderson, Ind. she received Tuesday May 12, 2015 from the Anderson Community Schools board of trustees. Lora, who turns 100 on May 28, had to quit school her senior year in 1933 just four credits shy of her diploma to go to work to help support her family. (AP Photo/The Herald Bulletin, John P. Cleary)

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana woman who will turn 100 years old later this month has received her high school diploma more than eight decades after she originally was supposed to graduate.

Lora Lois LeMond White Hardy received the certificate Tuesday evening at the Anderson Community Schools board of trustees meeting.

Hardy needed just four more credits to earn her diploma from Anderson High School in 1933 - at the height of the Great Depression - when she was forced to quit school and work at a company owned by General Motors to help support her family, which included seven younger siblings, The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin ( ) reported.

"I lacked four credits when my dad got sick," she said. "I got a job at Delco, and that was about as good as you could hope for back then."