Honorary degrees given to Japanese-Americans

May 20, 2010 6:47:05 PM PDT
World War II cut short their college education, but 11 Japanese-Americans who attended U.C. Berkeley before being sent to internment camps in 1942, received honorary degrees on Thursday.

Two of the four made it back to campus for the ceremony.

Relatives of the others picked up the degrees for them.

Some 2,500 Japanese-Americans were enrolled in California schools when World War II broke out, about 500 of them were at Berkeley.