Former student finally receives honorary degree

(August 18, 2011) Nearly 70 years after she was unjustly forced from school and ordered to an internment camp, Uri Matsuda finally wore a Seattle University cap and gown.

Uri and Lori Matsuda is one of only three surviving former students who was granted an honorary degree from the university at June Commencement. Read more about her. She had been scheduled to speak at the ceremony, but was ill. Her daughter, Terry Matsuda, presented her remarks. "What can't be learned from books or lectures and the more important human qualities of grace, kindness and compassion toward your fellow human beings," she said. "My hope is that you all go forth embodying these human qualities to ensure that this American story is not forgotten."

President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J, and the Board of Trustees awarded the degrees after a proposal developed by the law school and the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, which was broadly supported throughout the university. Associate Director Lori Bannai is pictured with Matsuda. (Photo by Marcus Donner.)

Read more about Matsuda and the law school's involvement in the honorary degree project.


Student studying in the Law Library