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Curiosity may have killed the cat, but for Dorothy Stone it got her a diploma.
After 23 years of wondering, Stone finally decided to request her grades. Within a few days, she not only received her grades; she received a diploma.
"My son had mentioned that I should call them and ask for my grades," Stone said. "I received a response in just a few days."
When Stone received the envelope from the college, she assumed it was just her grades and still didn't really pay much attention. After a couple of days, she looked at the papers and realized that not only did they send her grades, but a diploma.
"I was wondering why they had sent two copies," Stone said. "When I looked closer, I realized that one was telling me my grades and the other was my diploma."
Stone said she was screaming and crying, when she realized what she was holding. During the time she was attending Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, she was one of the oldest in her classes and receiving some of the highest grades that the school had seen. However, due to an unexpected turn of events, she had to leave school with three months left.
"I always wanted to go to college, but never did because of my grades and money," Stone said. "Then I found this college and they offered something I enjoyed doing, furniture upholstery."
Stone said that while attending classes, she tried her hardest. She was taking notes, recording lectures and sitting at the front of the class. She was determined to get good grades, but she never imagined that she would be getting As.
"I'm pleased to know that I had the good grades," Stone said. "I never dreamed I would have a diploma."
Not only did she receive a diploma, but she was able to maintain a 3.8 grade point average. After her college career was cut short, she didn't give up on the her enjoyment of the upholstery business. While in Alaska, she owned and operated a fabric shop for 10 years. She has also taught sewing classes, done sewing for different people and repaired sewing machines.
"Even in high school sewing was my main interest," Stone said.
She had the enjoyment of raising her children, seeing two grandchildren and more great-grandchildren. Between the enjoyment of raising her family and now receiving her diploma, Stone says she has had a good life.