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Pre-WWII Japanese American Students To Be Honored

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The campus will award the honorary degrees during tonight’s commencement ceremonies. Kim Goff heads Admissions and Records at the campus. She says they tracked down all the Nisei or Japanese-Americans who were taking classes there in the early 1940s.
“We took a list from the National Archives which had a searchable data base. And we identified 224 Nisei students. And it’s been a real learning experience. And hearing the stories of these students has been very meaningful for the people who’ve worked on this project.”
Goff says 13 surviving students will be attending tonight’s ceremony at Hughes Stadium. Twenty-seven deceased students will be represented by family members. Another 10 students won’t be able to attend but will still be getting degrees.
Both the Cal State system and the University of California have also been honoring an estimated 950 students who were forced to leave college in 1942 for internment camps throughout the West.
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