DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -

An 85-year-old Dubuque woman is proving it's never too late to learn.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports Lois Houselog accepted her high school diploma at a ceremony Wednesday night after she completed a general education development course known as the GED.

The newspaper reports the audience gave Houselog a standing ovation after a school official praised her dedication and perseverance.

Houselog's last formal education was the eighth grade. She then worked various jobs for the next 60 years. Between jobs she got married, raised two children and took care of sick family members.

Houselog says she decided to get her diploma after telling her son about her dream. Her daughter says that forced her to follow through with it.