NEWPORT BEACH (AP) — An 89-year-old man who missed his 1942 graduation because he was locked in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans has finally fulfilled his dream.

Don Miyada walked with the Class of 2014 last week at Newport Harbor High School — 72 years after he was denied his own cap and gown.

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Miyada was 17 when he was sent with more than 17,000 other detainees to a camp in the Arizona desert shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II.

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He was later awarded his diploma but never got to celebrate with his class.

Miyada went on to serve in the U.S. Army and became a professor at the UC Irvine but had always missed that graduation moment.

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