Stories about diplomas being granted to Japanese Americans incarcerated in WWII are fairly common these days, but this one from Breitbart had a nice twist.
Tears welled up in Don Miyeda’s eyes when the principal handed him a copy of the program from the graduation in 1942 he couldn’t attend because he had been hauled away to an incarceration camp.
The school had included his name on the program.
I wasn’t able to attend, of course, but my name was there anyway. It was very emotional.”
Miyada was both appreciative and uncomfortable when he finally received his diploma Thursday from Newport High School in Southern California.
He was uncomfortable because he didn’t want to take the spotlight from the students who were also celebrating their own achievements.
As he walked across the stage, the graduates spontaneously gave him a standing ovation.
You can see highlights from Miyada in the clip below from KTLA.