Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gene Waits 70 Years to Pick Up Her Degree

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gene Waits 70 Years to Pick Up Her Degree

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A 90-year-old woman has finally graduated 70 years after she gained her degree.

Gene Hetherington achieved her BA in Commerce in August 1943 but was unable to attend her ceremony at the University of Manchester because she was involved in the war effort.

Following her studies she immediately went to work as an auditor in aircraft factories.

A subsequent busy work life as a buyer for the Lewis's department store and then starting a family meant she did not have time to pick up her accolade.

Yesterday, she finally graduated and the occasion was made more poignant as her granddaughter, Rachel, 23, collected her law degree in the same ceremony at the university's historic Whitworth Hall.

Mrs Hetherington, from Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, said: "The ceremony was wonderful and I was so pleased to see my granddaughter Rachel receive her degree, for which she worked so hard."

Known as Helen Georgine "Gene" Jones in her university days, she said she had not returned to the Manchester area except for a trip to Jodrell Bank 50 years ago. …

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