In 2012, UBC held a ceremony to grant these 76 students honorary degrees following years of advocacy to have UBC acknowledge its complicity in internment. Now, a new generation of Japanese Canadian students have made their way back to campus.
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As students walked across the stage during a May 2012 commencement ceremony, the crowd burst into an applause that was decades in the making. This applause was unique — it wasn’t just to celebrate graduation, but to recognize 76 Japanese Canadian UBC students who were forced into internment camps in 1942 before they could complete their degrees.