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MiraCosta offers degrees to interned Japanese Americans

OCEANSIDE — MiraCosta College is seeking former students as part of the California Nisei College Diploma Project. The project emerged as a result of Assembly Bill 37 passed in January of this year asking colleges and universities to locate and award honorary degrees to Japanese Americans who were forced to interrupt their studies due to their internment during World War II.
The students would have been attending colleges across the state in 1941 and 1942 and would have left in spring 1942 prior to receiving diplomas. The former students are most likely to be in their late eighties. The bill allows honorary degrees to be awarded posthumously to a family member.
In 1942, MiraCosta was known as Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College and was housed in a wing of what is now Oceanside High School on Horne Street. MiraCosta Registrar Alicia Terry has identified five students who may meet the criteria to be honored with a diploma. “I would love to find these students or their family members so that we can award them honorary diplomas at this year’s commencement on May 28,” Terry said.
Former students, friends or family members who may have information about students eligible for the Nisei Diploma Project are encouraged to contact Registrar Terry by calling (760) 795-6623 or via e-mail at

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