Los Angeles City College
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Los Angeles, CA 90029

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Information Bulletin
May 27, 2010

 

NISEI STUDENTS TO BE RECOGNIZED
AT LACC COMMENCEMENT


On October 11, 2009 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law AB 37.  The bill requires the Trustees of the California State University and the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and requests the Regents of the University of California, to work with their respective colleges and universities to confer an honorary degree upon each person, living or deceased, who was forced to leave his or her postsecondary studies as a result of federal Executive Order 9066 which caused the incarceration of individuals of Japanese ancestry during World War II.  

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in February 1942, more than 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were forcibly removed from their homes and communities, sent to remote internment camps, and denied all constitutional rights.  Sixty-two percent of these men, women and children were American-born citizens who were Nisei (second generation Japanese Americans) or Sansei (third generation Japanese Americans). In 1941, 2,567 Japanese American students were enrolled in California’s higher education institutions, both public and private. 

Los Angeles City College has identified more than 200 Nisei students. At the commencement ceremony on June 8th, LACC will bestow honorary degrees to each student, living or deceased who was forced to leave his or her studies at Los Angeles City College as a result of the issuance of federal Executive Order 9066. Half a dozen Nisei students are expected to attend and receive their honorary degree in person.

For more information, please contact William A. Marmolejo, Dean of Enrollment (323) 953-4000 extension 2104 or marmolwa@lacitycollege.edu.

 

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