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Honorary degree ceremony for Japanese Canadian students of 1942 University of British Columbia. Ceremonies Office; University of British Columbia. Archives


[A video of the special ceremony held on May 30, 2012 during UBC’s spring congregation to recognize and honour the Japanese Canadian students whose university experience was disrupted in 1942 when they were uprooted and exiled from the B.C. coast – a violation of their citizenship rights. Honorary degrees were conferred on the students who were unable to complete their education as planned and degrees were re-conferred on the students who completed their studies but may have missed their graduation ceremony when they were forced to leave their homes. The video includes the screening of “ Welcome home: a tribute to UBC Japanese Canadian Students of 1942” produced by Tabata Productions. The second video is an alphabetical montage of student photos produced by UBC University Archives in May 2012. The black and white photos are from “The Totem” (1942) courtesy of the UBC Alma Mater Society.]

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