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Belated High School Diplomas Available for Qualifying Veterans, Japanese American Internees

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There’s a special way to honor veterans and Japanese American citizens who missed graduating from their home town high school due to wartime circumstances.

Through its Operation Recognition program, the Sacramento County Board of Education will provide high school diplomas to qualifying veterans (proof of honorable discharge required) who left high school to serve in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War.

Also eligible for belated diplomas are those Japanese American citizens who were forced to leave their local high school due to incarceration in a WW II relocation center.

Diplomas are awarded even if the honoree earned a G.E.D. or went on to college without having received his or her high school diploma. Persons who moved away from Sacramento County, but attended school or worked in Sacramento County, are eligible.

High school diplomas may be awarded posthumously, so families should consider applying on behalf of a deceased parent or grandparent who once lived within Sacramento County. 

Honorees, their family members and friends will be invited to attend a diploma presentation ceremony and reception the evening of Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in the Mather area of the county.

The deadline to submit an application (with necessary materials) is April 25, 2012. There is no cost to participate in the Operation Recognition program.

Application forms are available for download. Completed applications, accompanied by the required paperwork, may be mailed or faxed to (916) 228-3917. They may also be hand-delivered to the Sacramento County Office of Education, 10474 Mather Boulevard, Mather, CA 95655. If scanned, forms may be submitted electronically to rsvp@scoe.net.

Since the program’s adoption in 2001, the Sacramento County Board of Education has awarded 158 diplomas to U.S. veterans and Japanese American citizens. Eight of the diplomas were presented posthumously.

For answers to questions, call the Communications Office at (916) 228-2416. 

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