UCSF gives WWII-era Japanese students honorary degrees

December 5, 2009 12:28:14 PM PST
In a heartwarming moment, UCSF on Friday granted diplomas to students who had their educations cut short by World War II.

Among them was Napa resident Edith Oto, who coincidentally also is celebrating her 90th birthday on the same day.

She was a nursing student in 1942, when her family was sent to an internment camp.

Even without a degree, she became the camp's nurse, then later earned her degree and spent a career in nursing.

Only eight students in the 1942 class are still living.

Four, including Edith, attended the day's ceremony.