(DAILYPRESS) — SUFFOLK – Marie Hill's family and friends threw her a graduation party on Saturday.
Dozens of people crowded into the home that played host to the party, spilling over onto the porch and into the front yard. Cars were parked bumper-to-bumper along the curb for a full block in either direction.
Everyone had come to congratulate Hill — the 92-year-old matriarch of the Hobson Village neighborhood in Suffolk — for earning her General Education Development (GED) diploma on Dec. 16.
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Eight decades after she had dropped out of school in the seventh grade, the woman known affectionately as Miss Marie was officially a high-school graduate.