Woman kicked out of school for 1938 pregnancy gets diploma

Posted at 1:20 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 13:20:51-04

A Michigan woman has received her high school diploma eight decades after being forced out of school for being pregnant.

The Flint Journal reports that 97-year-old Iris Weatherwax was given an honorary diploma, cap and gown on Wednesday. She says receiving the diploma was wonderful.

Davison Community Schools Superintendent Eric Lieske says Weatherwax told him that failing to get a high school diploma was one of the biggest regrets of her life.

The school district barred Weatherwax from graduating in 1938 because she became pregnant. She was married at the time.

Paula Clarambeau, Weatherwax's niece, contacted the district to see if her aunt could be awarded a diploma.

Lieske granted the request Wednesday. He says her story shows how important education can mean to someone.