EDINBURG – The last time Dolia Gonzalez stepped into a classroom was the seventh grade.

After the death of her father, Gonzalez put her education on hold to help her mother at home. She did not complain and just went to work. As she got married and had her beloved Freddy she continued to work and help her mother.

Gonzalez lived with her mother for 15 more years after Freddy was born and continued to help her maintain the household.

“We never complained and always had a great time,” she said.

In the years after Freddy Gonzalez was killed in Vietnam Dolia has received countless awards in his honor including the Medal of Honor, the naming of a road and school in 1969 and 1975 and the naming of the USS Freddy Gonzalez in 1995.

The only regret Dolia had in her 88 years of being alive was not finishing high school.

So at the 2017 Edinburg High School commencement ceremony the mother of Freddy Gonzalez, was awarded an honorary certificate by Superintendent Rene Gutierrez.

At the ceremony countless people stopped by and visited with Dolia. Each wanting to share a moment and talk about her Freddy.

Gonzalez said she continues to enjoy being a public figure as the memory of her son is kept alive through her several appearances. Her only message at the graduation ceremony was for students to keep working to reach their goals. After all Dolia worked from a young age to keep things in order with her mother.

“If I can do it so can they,” she said.

At the ceremony Dolia sat with the students wearing the Bobcat red and blue graduation gown in the front row.