85-Year-Old Civil Rights Icon Earns ASU Degree

An 85-year-old woman whose name has become synonymous with justice and civil rights is one of several hundred students who will receive their degrees on Saturday, May 9 during ASU’s 291st Commencement Exercises
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Jean Ellis “Jeannie” Graetz grew up on her family’s farm outside of East Springfield, Penn., where the workdays stretched out like nearby Lake Erie. “My sisters and I grew and sold vegetables – tomatoes, corn, potatoes, most everything really, and we had chickens. We worked,” Mrs. Graetz recalls. “My father was in the concrete business, but he called himself a farmer. He never got any sons; so, we were his boys.”

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