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Santa Rosa Jr College seeking former students interned during WW II
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) is seeking to honor students forced to abandon their studies at the school during the internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II.
The school plans to present honorary degrees to the students — or to their survivors — at its May 28 graduation ceremony. So far, SRJC administrators have identified 10 students believed to have been affected and are seeking others.
Area high schools, including Santa Rosa, Analy and Petaluma, honored their interned students several years ago. The state’s public universities and colleges are required to follow suit by a 2009 law.
Across the state, an estimated 2,500 college students were affected by forced relocation of Japanese-Americans to internment camps, the last of which lasted until 1946.
If you or a family member were a SRJC student displaced by the internment order, you may fill out the Nisei diploma award application form at www.santarosa.edu/nisei. The application deadline is April 15.