5/15 — UCLA Nisei Graduation Ceremony

May 15 — UCLA is honoring Japanese American students whose attendance at UCLA in the academic year 1941 – 42 was disrupted by Executive Order 9066 at 10:30 a.m. at Schoenberg Hall in the Schoenberg Music Building on the UCLA campus.  Tritia Toyota, a UCLA alumna and an adjunct assistant professor with a joint appointment in the departments of anthropology and Asian American studies, will serve as mistress of ceremonies.  Chancellor Gene Block will deliver welcome remarks and confer the honorary degrees.

Fumio Robert Naka, 86, who was a UCLA student when he was sent to the Manzanar
internment camp, will give the honoree address. Naka later finished his education at other universities.

Assemblymember Warren Furutani  (D-South Los Angeles County), who carried the legislation in  the Assembly, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in October 2009,
that called on California’s higher education institutions to extend
honorary degrees to former college students who were interned, will
deliver the keynote address.

Reception immediately following at the UCLA Faculty Center.

Former students and their families are asked to contact the University to confirm eligibility.

Please call 310-794-8604 or email [email protected]