• Operation Recognition

2022 Operation Recognition

  • The Santa Barbara County Education Office is hosting an Operation Recognition graduation ceremony on April 7, 2022.  “Operation Recognition” honors United States Veterans and individuals who were unable to finish high school due to wartime circumstances with retroactive high school diplomas. SBCEO is accepting applications for the Operation Recognition celebration in April 2022. The application deadline is January 31, 2022.

    Throughout the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, thousands of young men and women left high school and the comforts of home to serve in the United States Armed Forces. During World War II many individuals were interned in relocation camps in various locations across the United States. Some veterans who served were not able to finish high school and receive their diplomas due to military service or Jim Crow laws in effect at the time. Veterans and previously interned citizens now have the opportunity to be granted diplomas as a gesture of gratitude for the sacrifices they made.

    Please join us in honoring these individuals by encouraging them to participate in our 2022 Operation Recognition program.

    Application and Flyer (English)

    Application and Flyer (Spanish)

    Watch short videos of the veterans honored in 2019.


    • Individuals who served in World War II, the Korean War or Vietnam War and were honorably discharged from their military service.

    • Individuals who left high school due to internment in World War II relocation camps.

    • Families may apply for Operation Recognition diplomas on behalf of eligible persons who are deceased.


    Eligibility Specifics

    All recipients must have been enrolled in a high school prior to enlistment in military service or internment in a World War II relocation camp. Military service must have been during the following periods:

    • WWII – December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946

    • Korean War – June 27, 1950, to January 31, 1955

    • Vietnam War – February 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975

    • Previously interned individuals must show proof of having been interned in a relocation camp during the period of September 16, 1940, to December 31, 1946.

Graduation Ceremony

  • Individuals will be honored in a graduation celebration on April 7, 2022 at the Santa Barbara County Education Office Auditorium. SBCEO will produce short videos honoring each veteran and internee receiving retroactive or posthumous diplomas.

Application Process

  • Complete the application and submit it along with the required documentation of military service or internment. Please provide verification of military service and discharge papers. For assistance in obtaining a copy of the necessary documentation, please contact the Santa Barbara County Veterans Service Office at 805-681-4500 or 805-346-7160

    Applications must be submitted by  January 31, 2022.

    Application and Flyer (English)

    Application and Flyer(Spanish)

    Email application and documents to cbarnwell@sbceo.org or mail application and documents to:
    Santa Barbara County Education Office, Attn: Camilla Barnwell, P.O. Box 6307, Santa Barbara, CA 93160-6307.

    For questions, contact Camilla Barnwell, Director of Communications, 805-964-4711 ext. 5282 or cbarnwell@sbceo.org.