SJSU nisei commencement

California State University Unveils Nisei Diploma Project Videos

SJSU nisei commencement

SJSU's nisei honorary degree recipients enter Spartan Stadium in May 2010 (photo by Bob Bain).

Colleen Bentley
, (562) 951-4801
Kim Shibata, (562) 951-4811

(October 18, 2011) – Nearly 70 years after Executive Order 9066 forced 250 California State University students to leave their campuses without completing their degrees, several former students’ stories will be brought to light at various locations the last week of October 2011 with the screenings of the videos “The California State University: Sharing and Celebrating Stories from Nisei Honorary Degree Recipients.”

“The project is a memorial dedicated to the CSU students who were removed from our campuses in 1941-42 and sent to internment camps, unable to complete their educations,” said Colleen Bentley, CSU director of special projects. “The CSU Board of Trustees awarded these students honorary bachelor’s degrees in 2010, and the videos capture the dignity of the ceremonies as well as the celebration of the families.”

The scheduled screenings include:

October 27 – San José
Japanese American Museum of San José (JAMsj)
535 N. Fifth St. San José
4 p.m.

View a complete list of scheduled screenings and read more on the nisei honorary degree recipients.