It’s never too late. After more than 70 years, Ida O’Connell receives her high school diploma with friends and family.

Ida O'Connell

Black Mountain News reporter Paul Clark wrote O’Connell’s story last week. An excerpt:

Friends and family will gather at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Center to present the longtime Black Mountain resident and artist with the diploma she earned years ago, one delayed by her family’s internment during World War II, one that, despite O’Connell’s finishing high school with good grades and the expectation of living the life that other Americans were living, she never pursued.

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As Honorary Consul for Japan, Nexsen Pruet’s David Robinson recently presented a California High School diploma to Ms. Ida Tabuchi O’Connell, who currently lives in Asheville, NC.

David Robinson and Ida O'Connell


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