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July 31, 2013Maryville, MO |  By: Barnett/AP

81 Year Old Attending NW Commencement

An 81-year-old woman who skipped her college graduation at Northwest Missouri State University will finally take part in a commencement ceremony.

Officials of the Maryville school say Kay Medsker Dolph was too eager to return to her husband and children in St. Louis to take part in 1967, when she graduated with a bachelor's degree in education. Dolph now lives in the northwest Missouri town of Savannah. She says she got the idea of walking across the stage at her alma mater after watching her youngest grandson's commencement at the University of Missouri last year. Now, she's hoping a few family members will be on hand when she takes part in the summer commencement at Northwest Missouri State on Thursday evening.