Gov. Ige extends program awarding wartime diplomas

Published: Jun. 22, 2015 at 8:31 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - A program that awards high school diplomas to veterans whose educations were cut short due to being drafted during World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War is being extended.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Gov. David Ige signed a bill that extended the program Friday, preventing it from ending June 30. Under the legislation, diplomas are also awarded to people whose high school educations were interrupted because they were confined in wartime internment camps.

So far, 26 diplomas have been awarded. Twenty-five diplomas were handed out to military veterans and another was given to Sarah Yomogi Sato, a McKinley High School student who was relocated with her family from Hawaii to internment camps in Arkansas and California.

The program has been extended until 2020.

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