More Japanese Americans Receive Honorary Degrees From California Colleges

Several campuses in the California State University system along with a number of California Community Colleges held commencement ceremonies recently in which former Japanese American students who were forced to leave their respective campuses due to their forced relocation from the West Coast and imprisonment in American concentration camps during World War II received honorary degrees.

Ceremonies still on tap:

June 7, 2010: California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
June 8: Los Angeles City College, Compton Junior College (now El Camino College – Compton Community Educational Center)
June 12: Imperial Valley College
June 18: Pasadena City College
July 12: Azusa Pacific University (private college)

Here’s a wrap-up of the news coverage from some of the CSU campuses:

Fresno State (California State University, Fresno)
Fresno State NewsPublic Attends Fresno State’s Historic Nisei Honorary Degree Ceremony
Rafu ShimpoFresno Honors Nisei Graduates

California State University, Dominguez Hills
Daily BreezeCSUDH Honors WWII Internees
CSU Dominguez Hills – CSU Dominguez Hills College of Professional Studies Commencement – Keynote Address By Warren Furutani

San Jose State University
San Jose Mercury NewsNisei Woman, 87, and Other Japanese Americans To Be Honored By San Jose State
Spartan Daily (San Jose State) – Japanese American Detainees and Students Honored At SJSU Graduation

Bakersfield Junior College (now Bakersfield College)
Bakersfield CalifornianDegree Long Overdue

Fullerton College
Rafu ShimpoA Walk Delayed
Orange County RegisterDiplomas, At Last, For World War II Internees
North County TimesOCEANSIDE: Woman To Get Degree After 68 Years

Sacramento City College
Sacramento BeeNearly 70 Years Later, Former Students To Get Diplomas

California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (ceremony to be held on June 7, 2010)
San Luis Obispo TribuneDan Krieger: Future Poly President Stood Up For Japanese

Fresno State News also produced a news video reporting on their ceremony:


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