- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ILION, N.Y. (AP) - More than 70 years after she left high school to build World War II aircraft, a former member of America’s Rosie the Riveter ranks is getting her diploma.

Minnesota native Marilyn White of Ilion in New York’s Mohawk Valley told the Utica Observer-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1Yp9GD1 ) that she left school during the war to work at a Boeing plant in Seattle, where she worked as a riveter’s assistant helping build B-29 bombers.

White’s daughter, Sandy Doring, said it always bothered her mother that she hadn’t graduated from high school. Doring contacted administrators at Central Valley Academy, where the 92-year-old White will receive her diploma during June 24 commencement ceremonies.

White says it’s “really overwhelming” to graduate at her age.

Rosie the Riveter was the nickname bestowed on the thousands of women who worked in U.S. factories during WWII.


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