March 26, 2010 7 Comments
The following was originally published by the Office of University Communications, California State University, Fresno. It is reprinted here with permission. Original story: Honorary Degree to Fresno State Alumnus Interned In WW II.
SELMA, CA — John Hiroshi Otomo, a San Joaquin Valley native, was awarded an honorary bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fresno two-thirds of a century after his college career was interrupted by his family’s internment at Gila River, Arizona.
Otomo, who is 87, received his diploma from University President John D. Welty on Thursday, December 24, 2009 at City Hall in Selma, the Fresno County community where Otomo was born.
“It’s an honor,” Otomo said before the ceremony. “Having a degree after 67 years is something.” Read more of this post