Burden, who was born in 1903 when Theodore Roosevelt was president, was raised by her aunt and uncle, according to the Virginia Health Care Association. When she was in fourth grade, schools in her area were temporarily closed due to a flu epidemic, and she never returned.
"Mrs. Burden has contributed to this community for 111 years," Samuel T. King, superintendent of schools, said during the graduation ceremony, according to the outlet. "She made sacrifices, but she never relinquished her commitment to lifelong learning. We are privileged to provide her with an honorary high school diploma, symbolizing the vital importance of a free and appropriate public education for all."