Applications are now open for Operation Recognition, the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) program that awards diplomas to San Mateo County residents whose high school educations were interrupted due to wartime circumstances. Residents who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War with honorable discharge or who were interned in a Japanese-American relocation camp during World War II are encouraged to apply.
California Education Code authorizes the retroactive granting of high school diplomas to eligible veterans and to Japanese-American citizens whose internment by federal order in World War II prevented them from graduating from high school. Over the course of the program, SMCOE has awarded diplomas to six individuals.
Applications are available on the San Mateo County Office of Education website. There is no charge to participate in Operation Recognition, and family members may submit an application posthumously on behalf of a qualified individual.
Completed applications and supporting documentation must be received by September 29, 2017. A recognition ceremony will be held in early November at the San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065.