Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Kenneth M. Young Wednesday, Nov. 7 will award high school diplomas to 23 veterans of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War at the 2012 Riverside County Operation Recognition Ceremony.
The Operation Recognition Ceremony is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center, 14075 Frederick Street, Moreno Valley.
Riverside County Operation Recognition awards high school diplomas to Riverside County residents whose high school education was interrupted by military service in World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War.
Education Code Section 51440 authorizes the granting of retroactive high school diplomas to eligible veterans. Section 51430 authorizes the retroactive granting of diplomas to Japanese-American citizens whose internment by federal order in World War II prevented them from graduating from their home town high school.
More than 200 veterans have received high school diplomas through the Riverside County Operation Recognition Program since it started in 2007.
The diplomas are awarded as a joint effort of the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools and the Riverside County Department of Veteran’s Services.
This year veterans will be honored from the cities of Cathedral City, Corona, Hemet, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Moreno Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, and Thousand Palms.
*Contributed by Riverside County Office of Education