Seattle University Honorary Degrees

In 1942, 15 Japanese American students were forced by federal order to leave Seattle University during World War II. Their educations were disrupted by their unjust removal and incarceration. The indignities and injustices they endured can never be undone, but as a university committed to empowering leaders for a just and humane world, Seattle University is compelled to help with the healing process. As part of that, the Seattle University Trustees granted these students honorary bachelor degrees at the undergraduate commencement ceremony June 12, 2011

Read the message from University President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.

Read Prof. Lori Bannai's Conferral of Honorary Bachelor's Degrees to Seattle University Nisei students whose educations were disrupted by their WWII removal and incarceration.

Read Lillia Uri (Satow) Matsuda's Honorary Degree acceptance speech as spoken by her daughter, Terry Matsuda.