Stanislaus County Office of Education Accepting Applications for Operation Recognition

Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) will award high school diplomas to qualifying U.S. Veterans through the Operation Recognition program.  Stanislaus County residents whose high school education was interrupted during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War due to military service and/or internment are eligible to apply.  Residents of Stanislaus County may apply on behalf of themselves or qualifying family members, including persons who are now deceased.  Operation Recognition high school diplomas awarded by SCOE are authorized by the California Education Code section 51440 and 51430 (Senate bill No. 1517). 

Applications are available online at, or by calling Judy Boring at 238-1709.  The deadline to submit applications is September 30, and the next presentation of diplomas will be November 9, 2021, in SCOE’s Boardroom at 1100 H Street, Modesto. 

Veterans or family members must apply and show military status eligibility. Applicants will have:

  • All recipients must have been enrolled in a high school prior to enlistment in military service and provide the name of the high school attending at the time of induction into military service
  • Military service (U.S. Armed Forces) must have been during the following periods:
    • WWII - September 16, 1940, to December 31, 1946
    • Korean War - June 25, 1950, to January 31, 1955
    • Vietnam War - February 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975
  • Provide proof of Honorable discharge from U.S. military service (DD214 Form)
  • Persons who meet the qualifications, but earned a GED, are eligible
  • A high school diploma may be awarded posthumously to the family

Japanese American citizens or family members must also apply and show eligibility for the program. Applicants will have:

  • Attended high school or received a GED between 1940 and 1946
  • Show evidence of being interned in a Relocation Camp during this period of time
  • Give the name of the high school applicant was attending at the time of internment
  • A high school diploma may be awarded posthumously to the family

SCOE began awarding high school diplomas through the Operation Recognition program in 2002 and has since awarded 130 high school diplomas to U.S. veterans in Stanislaus County.

Date Published: 
Monday, August 2, 2021