Eighty years ago, Josephine Belasco was forced to quit high school to take care of her ailing sister and help support her family. Her only regret in life was never finishing high school. But in 2006, the 98-year-old grandmother of three finally earned her high school diploma.
She had worked for 36 years as an accountant and enjoyed a long and happy marriage. She has a son and three grandkids, maintains her own top-floor apartment on Nob Hill, and still goes out on the town with her friends for old-fashioneds and margaritas.
Wearing a white cap and gown and carrying a rose just like the rest of the girls, Mrs. Belasco finally graduated from Galileo High School — 80 years later.