COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 14, 2013)—Reba Williams, a 106-year-old central Ohio woman who completed classes but didn't graduate in a dispute over a book, has finally received her high school diploma.
The Mount Vernon, Ohio superintendent presented Williams with the diploma Wednesday at her apartment in Columbus.
Williams wore wear a traditional graduation cap brought by the retired Mount Vernon English teacher who urged the school board to award the diploma.
Williams said she completed high school in Mount Vernon, but was denied her diploma because she refused to read a final book assigned by a teacher.
She said she had read the book once and didn't want to read it again.
Williams said she hopes current students realize that learning is important and adds that they probably shouldn't follow her example.