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Pennsylvania woman, 105, finally gets wish fulfilled: A high school diploma

A 105-year-old is breaking barriers in Pennsylvania and showing it's never too late to achieve your goals.

Theresia Brandl received an honorary high school diploma Wednesday at an Oakdale nursing home. She wore a cap and gown as the centenarian was surrounded by four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Brandl said there was no choice but to drop out of school as a child when her mother got sick.

“She couldn’t take care of herself so she needed someone to take care of her, so I quit school to take care of her,” she said.

Stowe High School tried to make her go back to attend classes, but “I played hooky and I came back home instead of going to school,” Brandl said with a smile.

The decision made as a teenager stuck in her mind as she got older. "All of my friend’s had one and I decided I needed one.”

The Twilight Wish Foundation, an organization which helps fulfill wishes for people over 65, along with family and friends helped put together the graduation celebration at her nursing home.

Her favorite activity these days?

“Sleep!” Brandl told Fox News with a laugh.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Michelle Chavez is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Pittsburgh.