Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Kenneth Young, is calling on veterans to receive long overdue high school diplomas through a program known as Operation Recognition that has presented diplomas to more than 250 veterans since 2007. The diplomas are awarded as a joint effort of the Riverside County Board of Education, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, and the Riverside County Department of Veterans Services.
“Our veterans are qualified and well deserving to receive diplomas,” Young said. “We want to do everything we can to make it possible for them to share that graduation experience with their family and friends.”
The 2014 Operation Recognition ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12, at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center, 14075 Frederick Street, Moreno Valley.
In order to be recognized at the ceremony, completed application forms and supporting documentation must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 6, 2014. Application forms are available online at www.rcoe.us/operationrecognition or can be requested by telephone. Interested persons may contact Tracey Case at (951) 826-6570 or via email at email@example.com.
The program is open to current residents of Riverside County 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 hometown high school.