Several prominent graduates from USC have tried to convince the USC administration to grant Honorary degrees to those deceased Nisei students who were uprooted during World War II during the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans.
They were not allowed to complete their education and now, leaders like Jon Kaji, have asked that the USC administration grant them Honorary degrees.
While the administration has granted degrees to those Nisei still living, it steadfastly refuses to grant posthumous degrees to those who have passed on. This refusal is made even more objectionable because USC had refused to release transcripts for the Nisei for some time after they were imprisoned, foreclosing their opportunities to get admitted to other colleges.
While USC’s granting of degrees to the living is applauded, there is still unfinished business for the heirs, families, relatives and ancestors of those who were victims one of the greatest civil rights tragedies in American History.
Please sign this petition requesting the University of Southern California award bachelor’s and master’s diplomas posthumously to the deceased Japanese Americans who were enrolled at USC, but were forced to leave their studies because of the racist hysteria against Japanese Americans during World War II: