160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Belasco’s son, Eddie, took his mother to Galileo to ask how she could get her diploma. The nonagenarian’s transcripts were still at the school. Belasco, a sophomore when Galileo opened in 1924, was close to graduating. Galileo administrators decided to grant her an honorary diploma after some tutoring sessions with Galileo students. She didn’t have to take the new high school exit exam. The 4-foot-10 Belasco attended the ceremony in the smallest-size cap and gown available. SAN FRANCISCO – A 98-year-old woman who had a career for nearly four decades as an accountant finally graduated from high school Wednesday, 80 years after she left without a diploma. Josephine Belasco still goes out for cocktails with friends, reads the newspaper and cooks Italian dinners for her family. But she said she always regretted dropping out of Galileo High School. After initially quitting school to take care of her younger sister, who had a severe strep infection and wasn’t expected to live, she later got a job at an insurance company to help support the family. Her sister, Angelina, survived and now lives in the apartment next door. Belasco said one of her grandsons recently encouraged her to go back to school, telling her it wasn’t too late to finish. “I always felt bad about it, and I’m glad I finally made it,” she said.