Late class of 2017 graduate celebrated by School Committee

By Lydia Goerner | Aug 23, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner LaeAnn Johnson celebrates her high school graduation on Wednesday night after completing her course requirements.

It took a little a longer than her classmates, but one member of Wareham's class of 2017 has officially graduated.

LaeAnn Johnson, age 18, received her high school diploma Wednesday night at the School Committee meeting, the first time a diploma was awarded at a meeting.

Johnson completed the remainder of her courses needed to graduate this summer and chose her mother to present her with the diploma. Her friends and family attended the meeting with balloons and noisemakers to cheer her on.

“No one will ever ask you if you graduated high school on time, they just want to know that you graduated,” said Wareham High School Principal Scott Palladino, commending Johnson on her diligence to complete high school.

LaeAnn Johnson, 18, hugs her mother after she is given her diploma. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Comments (5)
Posted by: noseyrich | Aug 24, 2017 09:02

This young lady will never forget this day, congratulations to her.

The story begs the question...Why the late graduation???

However, good for her.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Aug 24, 2017 19:11

Congratulations LaeAnn and to everyone who helped to give LeeAnn  the joy of her unique graduation and one of the best graduation photos I have ever seen!. Treasure the diploma LeeAnn, and frame that beautiful picture!

Posted by: noseyrich | Aug 25, 2017 08:59

Nice to see positive comments...keep em coming!

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Aug 25, 2017 12:23

I'm glad for this happy kid!  Good for her!  I'll bet it was due to a technicality like having to make up missed gym classes or something. That happened to a kid where I went to high school.  No biggie.  Like Principal Palladino said, nobody will ever ask.  I'm proof of that with my bachelors.  I was handed a blank diploma when I walked my college graduation. I was 3 credits shy.  Had to take a summer class. Now my degree says September instead of May.  That was over 20 years ago.  Nobody has ever asked!


Good luck LaeAnn!

Posted by: Buzz 123 | Aug 25, 2017 19:08

It doesn't matter why this young woman graduated late it just matters she has a lot of perserverance. Good luck to you.

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