100 year old Winona State alum finally receives diploma

WINONA, Minn.– It only took 81 years, but a Winona woman now has her college diploma in her hands.

Jo Edstrom celebrated her 100th birthday last Sunday.  In 1930, she graduated from Winona State University with a degree in kindergarten education. 

Instead of going to her graduation ceremony, Jo accepted a teaching job in South Dakota and never received her official W-S-U diploma.  But Friday night, that all changed during a formal ceremony with the university’s president.


Growing up in Winona, Jo said her decision to go to W-S-U was a simple one.  “The real reason was money because to go away to college costs lots of money and this was a good school,” says Jo.

Jo will also be inducted as the charter member of the new WSU Alumni Society Century Club for graduates over the age of 100.