99 year old veteran gets graduation she’s always dreamed of

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One woman’s graduation walk brings people to their feet. And it was 70 years in the making.

99-year-old Elizabeth Johnson, finally walking across the stage at a graduation ceremony. And her walk is accompanied by a standing ovation.

The class of 1949 graduate joining the class of 2019 at North Carolina’s Winston-Salem State University on Friday.

She earned her degree in education at the school 70 years ago, when it was Winston-Salem Teachers College, getting straight to work as a teacher but unable at that point to attend the graduation.

Friday’s ceremony, a dream come true for this World War II Veteran, with the school awarding Johnson an honorary degree in special education.

“It’s special, extra-special. Like I really can’t.” says Johnson. “I don’t know, I just feel like… One time I said, well I’m not even human.  This is not me receiving this… at this age? But um, I feel good about it. Really, really good.”

Johnson was a Private First Class in the U.S. Army during World War II. She served as a member of the 6888th regiment, the only all-female, all-African American regiment stationed overseas during the war.

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