Yoshiko Golden, 89, has been through a lot in her lifetime. In 1942, Golden and her family were sent to a Japanese internment camp, which meant that her high school education was cut short and she never received her diploma. After being relocated, she worked in the mess hall as a salad girl, sewed camouflage nets for the war effort, and worked in the fields for almost two years.
After surviving the camp, Golden got married and settled in San Diego, CA, in 1949. She had kids and led a happy life, but she still wanted the diploma she had been denied.
Now, thanks to San Diego county's Operation Recognition Program, Golden finally got her diploma -- more than 70 years later. "I feel happy. I don't know what to say," she said. "All of this is so exciting. It kind of jars me a little bit." Golden's children were at the ceremony to witness the event. Now that she has her diploma, Golden says there's one thing left to do: "Get a job, maybe."