UNIQUE: 71-Year-Old JCPS Student Makes Good on Pact With Son to Earn High School Diploma

Graduation day is coming soon for thousands of Louisville area public school students.

We’re taking a look at unique ways graduates have earned their diplomas. 

I sat down with Charlette Edmondson Alexander, who went back into the public school system recently and got her diploma at age 71. 

“I am so proud of myself I cried when the guy told me I had passed. I’m just excited,” she says.

“I had a son that I adopted and he decided he was going to drop out of school so I told him, ‘let’s go down to talk to somebody and if you get your diploma, I’ll get mine.’ Well I got mine last year and he’s just going to get his this year,” Alexander says.

“Unique” is WFPL’s occasional series focusing on interesting perspectives of JCPS families, students, teachers and staff. If you have a story you think should be shared, email dkatayama@wfpl.org.

The Next Louisville project is a partnership of WFPL News, the Community Foundation of Louisville, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and The Gheens Foundation, Inc.

Devin Katayama

Devin Katayama hosts middays for WFPL and reports on education and other Louisville issues.