THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | from the NY Times
September 24, 2009 -- California State University is set to begin granting honorary degrees to former Japanese-American students who were sent to internment camps during World War II. The system’s Board of Trustees approved the measure to honor former students whose studies were interrupted more than 60 years ago.
The move follows the University of California’s decision in July to confer honorary degrees to its former students who were interned. The state university system estimates that nearly 250 Japanese Americans were studying at state university campuses in 1942 when they were forced to live in internment camps throughout the West. Campus officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying those who would qualify for an honorary degree.