94-year-old great-grandmother receives high school diploma

A local great-grandmother received her high school diploma - and she's 94.

Dore Smith never thought she would ever see the day.

And on Thursday she became a high school graduate.

Dore had no idea this was going to happen Thursday. She was surprised by her grandchildren.

They told her they were going to go out to take pictures. But instead, she ended up at River Rouge High School with the 2015 graduating class.

"It means a lot - it means everything to me," she said. "I'll have my diploma, and I can be showing it to people, and let them know that I graduated at 94 years old."

Dore was born in Mississippi, July 14, 1920.

She's the youngest of 11 kids and went on to have 10 of her own.

She raised her family in Detroit and always told her kids the important of education, even though she had to drop out in 7th grade to start working.

It was her great-granddaughter who made the special day possible.

"I thought the school was graduating and I come to find out I'm graduating," she said.

With the help of a wheelchair, Dore makes it onto the stage. Later in the night, she's given her diploma.

And she's still an inspiration to her family.

"I am so proud and it just makes me that more determined to accomplish my dreams of finishing college and getting my degree," she said.

Dore joked that now that she's completed high school, she's ready to move on to Harvard University.
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