Valdosta superintendent presents honorary diploma to 93-year-old woman

| March 14, 2017

VALDOSTA – Valdosta City Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Cason presented an honorary Valdosta High School diploma to a 93 year old resident of Pruitthealth, fulfilling her lifelong wish.

Staff members of Pruitthealth, formerly Heritage House, worked with residents to identify individual wishes in hopes of being able to make a few dreams come true.

Ninety three year old Mae Baker explained to a staff member how she had to drop out of school as a teenager to help raise her family. Staff members reached out to Valdosta City Schools asking how the district could assist with this request.

Dr. Todd Cason, superintendent of Valdosta City Schools, agreed to administer a brief, verbal quiz and present Ms. Baker with her honorary diploma.

On Friday, March 10 friends, family, residents and staff members held a surprise ceremony at Pruitthealth honoring Ms. Baker and one additional resident who was presented with an honorary nursing certificate from Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.

“It is very much an honor to be able to present this honorary diploma to you today Ms. Baker. Your story reminds me of my own grandmother who also dropped out of school to help raise our family. So to be the one who honors you is even more special,” said Dr. Cason.

“I never thought this day would come, and look what happened today. Thank you,” said Ms. Baker.

The afternoon was very special for these residents who wore caps and gowns as “Pomp and Circumstance” played quietly in the background. Valdosta City Schools representatives are very grateful to have been included in such a touching ceremony.

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