CSUDH Nisei Diploma Project

Nisei Diploma Ceremony at CSUDHLouise Isako Miyake Morita (left) and Terushi Naritoku at the
CSU Dominguez Hills Commencement on May 21, 2010, where they received honorary degrees almost
70 years after their college dreams were interrupted due to their imprisonment during World War II.

An honorary degree ceremony for former Japanese American students who attended California State University campuses during World War II, was held on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Home Depot Center Tennis Stadium on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills.

This was part of a series of ceremonies held by the University of California, California State University and California Community College systems for Nisei who were attending college during World War II and who were unable to graduate due to being forcibly removed and incarcerated at prison camps.

Hundreds of students of Japanese ancestry removed from CSU campuses in 1941-1942 and forced to delay or abandon their college education while in the camps, have been granted California State University special honorary degrees. The CSU Dominguez Hills campus served as the Southern California host for the convenience of former CSU students who might not be able to travel to their home campuses, but who could attend the special ceremony in the Los Angeles area.

Further information is available at CSU Nisei Diploma Project or contact Colleen Bentley at the CSU at (562) 951-4801.

The Nisei Diploma Project Video Tribute featuring Mrs. Morita can be viewed here.

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