A few hundred of them later earned their UC degrees, finishing their studies in the camps, where professors arrived to push final exams through the fences, or after the war. They won’t receive honorary degrees.
About 400 individuals, many of whom graduated from college elsewhere, will be eligible for the honorary degrees – the first conferred since 1972, said UC officials, who are cross-referencing records in an effort to find them.
UC officials need help in identifying students who were unable to graduate because of internment during World War II. Anyone with questions or information is asked to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 987-0239.