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Woman graduates from high school at 111-years-old

Posted at 10:56 PM, Jun 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-18 06:13:47-04

Norfolk, Va. - Lela Burden received her degree today. The centenarian lightly clapped just before she was handed her diploma.

NewsChannel 3 first introduced to you her in May, when Doumar's celebrated her 111th birthday with ice cream.

"I'm not old yet, I'm still a young lady," Burden said back in May.

Burden is delightfully sharp. She remembers nearly everything about her time in school.

Schools were temporarily shut down in 1918 for a flu pandemic, by that time the teenage Burden was working two jobs and never went back to finish her education.

Decades of rich life experience taught her more than most learn in two lifetimes.

"Not any different," she said on how she feels about being one of the world's oldest women. "Still have your aches and pains but thank God I'm still alive."

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