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Nisei Diploma Project

List of SRJC Students
Background Information
Executive Order 9066
California Assembly Bill (AB) 37
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Welcome to the SRJC Nisei Diploma Project. Santa Rosa Junior College is proud to be part of the California Nisei College Diploma Project. Authored by California Assemblyman Warren Furutani, the project provides support for Assembly Bill 37, which bestows honorary college degrees to American citizens of Japanese ancestry, or a surviving family member, who were forced to leave their college and university studies and relocate to internment camps during World War II.

The California Nisei College Diploma Project estimates that at least 2,500 former students are eligible, including students at the University of California, California State University, and the California Community Colleges systems.

Honored at Commencement 2011

Santa Rosa Junior College identified former Japanese-American students and their family representatives who are eligible to benefit from Assembly Bill 37. Five former Nisei students were honored during SRJC’s commencement exercises on May 28, 2011. It is estimated that 10 SRJC students were affected and forced to leave their college studies when Executive Order 9066 was issued in 1942. 

Eiko Receives diploma from Dr. Agrella

Honorary student Eiko Yamakawa Sakaguchi with SRJC President
Robert F. Agrella and Board of Trustees President Rick Call

Will Wallman recies diploma

Will Wallman, nephew of Louis Matsuyama Charles

Virginia, sister of George Matsuuyama Wallman

Virginia Masuoka, sister of George Matsuyama Wallman
and Louis Matsuyama Charles

Steve Miyano and Cynthia Miyano

Steve and Cynthia Miyano, son and daughter of Sam Miyano

Margarette Mura Kami

Margarette Mura Kami, sister of Peter Masuoka


Questions & Contact

If you or a family member was a former SRJC student who was affected by the internment order, please contact:
Freyja Pereira, Director, Academic Records
1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
Phone: (707) 527-4512