The Ceremony

Honorary degree ceremony for Japanese Canadian students of 1942

A special ceremony was held during UBC’s 2012 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.



Download the program for UBC’s 2012 graduation ceremonies. Messages from UBC President Stephen J. Toope and UBC Chancellor Sarah Morgan-Silvester can be found on page 1 of the program, information about the ceremony can be found on page 91, and information about the Japanese Canadian Students of 1942 can be found on pages 92-93.