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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Japanese Americans Interned during WWII to be Honored at SF State's Commencement 2010

This blog entry is dear to my heart and my cultural heritage. Japanese Americans who were forcefully sent to the internment camps during World War II and had their higher education disrupted, are eligible for an honorary degree from the University of California, California State University, or the Community College systems. If the person has passed away, a family representative is able to accept the honorary diploma on their behalf.

My alma mater and employer, SF State will be one of the select CSU campus honoring those students who had their lives disrupted by one of the most disturbing civil rights violations in modern United States history. Other CSU campuses holding ceremonies: Dominguez Hills, Fresno, San Diego, San Jose, and Cal Poly SLO.

Each campus honors those who currently live within their region or the closest to their current home; for SF State, they will honor those currently living in the Bay Area, even if the person attended a different CSU campus.

SFSU Commencement 2008 - Liberal Studies and Special Majors

For more information, please visit: SF State's Commencement page dedicated to the Nisei project - http://www.sfsu.edu/commencement/nisei.htm

If the student attended any CSU campus, please contact (562) 951-4723 or e-mail: nisei@calstate.edu

If the student attended a California Community College, or University of California campus, please review this info sheet (PDF) and contact the representative of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.

My wish came true, SF State President Robert Corrigan and other CSU campuses will give the honorary degrees at their commencement ceremonies. SF State will host their 109th Commencement on May 22, 2010.

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