Grandpa Who Didn’t Finish High School Because of WW2 Concentration Camps Graduates With Grandson

A 93-year-old grandfather recently graduated high school together with his grandson last week.

The grandfather, Haruo Hayashi, was among the many students to receive their high school diplomas on Thursday, June 6, during a graduation ceremony at Arroyo Grande High School. There, he was accompanied by his grandson who also graduated with his class.


According to KSBY, Haruo was only a sophomore at the Arroyo Grande High School when his family was taken in a concentration camp in Arizona. He was then later drafted to serve during World War II at the age of 18.

Unfortunately, due to these circumstances, he was unable to finish his schooling. But if he hadn’t served in WWII, reports noted that he would have finished his high school education and been able to walk with the Class of 1944.

It’s pretty awesome. He has been my biggest fan growing up, so it is really special to share this moment with him,” his grandson, Kobe, who plans to attend Cal Poly, told the news network.

This really does prove that no matter what your age is, it’s never too late to go back to school. Take, for example, the 80-year-old grandmother from San Diego who also just recently got her college degree. Or this 84-year-old grandfather who made his last attempt at trying to pass China’s insane university entrance exam.

Featured image screenshot via YouTube / The Tribune

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