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"Granny" Receives Her GED

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

A Jackson County woman many folks simply know as "Granny" put on a cap and gown Thursday night.

She likely became one of the oldest people to ever get their GED in Kentucky.

WYMT's Michel Mason was there as granny got her diploma with many proud family members looking on.

It was all the pomp and circumstance you would expect at any graduation - but one woman who received a high school diploma is known by her family and community as granny.

“I always said someday I'll get mine you know. It wasn't about a year and a half ago, well if I'm ever gonna get it why not and I asked them do you get too too old to go to school and they said no,” Nancy Johnson said.

At the age of 79, Nancy Jackson proudly donned her cap and gown and joined the graduating class at Jackson County Tech Center.

Three fellow graduates we talked to say they were proud to share the stage with Granny.

They say it's because of her that they are here.

“It's weird, but it's exciting. You know if I had to graduate with anybody I'm glad it's her. Because she's special to us and it's granny,” Cassandra Coil said.

“After seeing ten of her children graduate high school and watching her husband get his GED, Granny says is just icing on the cake,” Danny Caldwell said.

Jackson graduated from eighth grade 64 years ago and put down the books to raise a family.

Some of Granny's children say it was odd being the ones in the audience, but they are thrilled to see her living her dream.

“I know how long she's wanted to do this. I know how hard she's worked and I know how much she deserves it and we just love her and are so proud of her,” Caldwell said.

Everyone in the audience agreed that Granny gives us all something to cheer about.

Nancy Jackson says she took home courses once a week for more than a year in order to receive her high school diploma.


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