Honorary Degrees Awarded At UCLA To Former Japanese American Students

Photo: Darrell Kunitomi

LOS ANGELES — On May 15, 2010, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) awarded honorary degrees to former Japanese American students who were forced to leave the University due to their forced relocation and unjust imprisonment in American concentration camps during World War II.

Approximately 200 students were forced to leave the campus not long after the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942.


Not all of the former students who were identified and located attended the ceremony in UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall. But 48 former students or a family representative were in attendance, receiving diplomas with the Latin phrase, Inter Silvas Academi Restituere Iustitiam, which means “to restore justice among the groves of the academe.”

Here’s a wrap-up of the more significant stories published about the event:

UCLA Daily Bruin Radio: After 70 Years, Japanese American Students Forced Into WWII Internment Camps Finally Receive UCLA Degrees by Shaina Pan (4:58; click on the right arrow below to listen; © 2010 UCLA Daily Bruin/UCLA Communications Board. Used with permission):

UCLA Daily Bruin Video: Making A Wrong Right: UCLA Awards Honorary Degrees To World War II Internees (via YouTube) by Jennifer Kutsunai:

UCLA also produced a highlight video of the ceremony (3:30):

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