We’ve all heard the stories of super seniors—with all those darn major requirements, (or “reqs” in college lingo) it’s hard to make it out of here in four years. But there’s a lesson for any who balk at the slightest delay in their diploma. Do you think you understand what it means to be a super senior? Try getting your diploma almost seventy years after the fact.

In fact, Berkeley just awarded diplomas to 42 Japanese-American students whose studies were interrupted during WWII when they were sent off to (you guessed it) internment camps. Farewell to Berkeley and hello to Manzanar.

The recipients of the degrees were honored with a special ceremony and honorary degrees. The AP article states, “Also attending were family members of 78 other former students who had died or were too infirm to attend.” The gesture was a little late, certainly, but we suppose something’s better than nothing.

So the next time you find yourself doing a nutty about graduating on time, think of those students. They didn’t even get a chance to be real UCB alums until 70-odd years after the fact. And as bad as finals are, they don’t come even remotely close to internment camps. Here’s hoping those give those super seniors (no, those super-de-duper seniors) get the respect and diplomas they deserve.

Image source: Tulane Public Relations under Creative Commons
UC Berkeley awards degrees to WWII internees [Associated Press]


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