Gretchen Wilson Goes Back To School At Age 34.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Country music singer Gretchen Wilson has a mantel full of awards in her Lebanon home.

Her first radio single, "Redneck Woman," spent five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and it earned her a 2005 Grammy. Her debut album sold 4.5 million copies.

Despite all her successes, the 34-year-old songwriter was one of 20 percent of Tennesseans without a high school diploma. But no longer.

Wilson, who dropped out in ninth grade, passed her General Educational Development exam in April and will don a cap and gown during a May 15 graduation ceremony.

Wilson told The Tennessean that her 7-year-old daughter was the big reason to finally finish, saying "I certainly don't want her to think you can be this successful without an education."

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  • by mother of 3 Location: pink hill on May 5, 2008 at 05:26 AM
    Good for you Gretchen, my boys just love her!
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2008 at 03:57 AM
    Good for her. I'm not a fan but I admire her. She's setting an example for her daughter.
  • by Hello Location: NC on May 4, 2008 at 05:42 PM
    A MUST read is Gretchen Wilson's book, "Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life". She is absolutely amazing and I am so happy she will be getting her diploma. This lady has overcome so much in her short life!! This is a wonderful book!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane,NC on May 4, 2008 at 02:47 PM
    After all the things that celebs are doing and or demeaning them selves(dui/dwi, drugs, weapons charges, etc), this is rather refreshing.

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