Commencement – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Tue, 28 May 2019 18:14:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Commencement – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Meet some of The Citadel’s recent graduates who are getting straight to business https://today.citadel.edu/baker-school-of-business-good-to-go-2019/ Thu, 16 May 2019 10:00:05 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8287 Maria Cornelio-Ruiz at J.P. MorganMaria Cornelio-Ruiz at J.P. MorganMeet three graduates from the Class of 2019 who will use what they learned in the Baker School of Business to get ahead in their professions.]]> Maria Cornelio-Ruiz at J.P. MorganMaria Cornelio-Ruiz at J.P. Morgan

Photo: Maria Cornelio-Ruiz, Class of 2019, at J.P. Morgan Chase

Meet three graduates from the Class of 2019 who are already putting their business degrees to work

The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business educates and develops innovative leaders of principle to serve the global community. Through its teaching, scholarship and service, the school demonstrates its commitment to its core values: integrity and respect for others, professional and intellectual development, and excellence through valuing innovation, diversity, and continuous improvement.

The Citadel’s business degrees are some of the most popular programs in all areas of the college. More graduates from the Class of 2019 earned a bachelor’s in business administration, both within the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and the Evening Undergraduate programs. In The Citadel Graduate College, a master’s in business administration was the second most popular degree with the Class of 2019.

Learn what you can do with a business degree from The Citadel below:

Maria Cornelio-Ruiz
JP Morgan Chase

Cornelio-Ruiz turned a summer internship at JP Morgan Chase into a full-time job.

“Advertising The Citadel as an institution that teaches more than academics (time management, discipline, flexibility, and more) gave me an advantage during the whole application process.”

Maria Cornelio-Ruiz
Maria Cornelio-Ruiz

Maria Camila Cornelio-Ruiz, of Echo Company, is a graduate of the Class of 2019 with a degree in both business administration and modern language. Cornelio-Ruiz is originally from the country of Columbia, but moved to the United States nearly seven years ago to learn English, get her education and pursue a career in the world of business.

Now that she’s graduated from The Citadel, she’s going to work in the global finance and business management program at JP Morgan Chase in New York City. During the summer of 2018, Cornelio-Ruiz worked as an intern at the U.S.’s largest bank, in the asset and wealth management department. At the end of the summer, she was offered a full-time job.

Cornelio-Ruiz wants to work her way up in the company, eventually hoping to return as an executive to the assent and wealth management department, where she started as an intern. She also plans to start a non-profit organization focused on feeding the hungry in the United States.

Kaity Mears
Tony’s Famous Pizza

Mears will use her business degree to manage a 40-year-old pizza restaurant, carrying on a family tradition.

“I feel The Citadel truly prepared me for the real world of business. Not only have I gained invaluable knowledge, but I have received excellent feedback that has allowed me to grow personally and professionally.”

Kaity Mears
Kaity Mears

Kaity Mears has spent the last two years teaching during the day and learning at night. She earned her master’s degree in business administration while teaching at Andrews Elementary School. Now, with the skills she learned while earning her degree, she’s going to take over her father’s business, Tony’s Famous Pizza.

In her new role, Mears will manage approximately 30 employees at two restaurant locations. The original restaurant in Georgetown, South Carolina recently celebrated its 40th year of business, while the second location in Andrews has been serving customers for 23 years.

Csilla Sztankovics
Scarlett & Oaks Properties

Sztankovics used her education to start her own real estate business.

“I’ve attended the Citadel to better my leadership skills. Since college I envisioned myself as a business owner and I understood that with an MBA I would have a greater chance to succeed.”

Csilla Sztankovics
Csilla Sztankovics

Csilla Sztankovics has just earned her master of business administration degree, but she’s already been running her own business for a year. Now that she’s graduated, she plans to turn her full attention to her real estate business, Scarlett & Oaks Properties.

Born in Hungary, Sztankovics has been living, studying and working in Charleston for the last 12 years. Before attending The Citadel, she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2016 from The College of Charleston. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she earned her real estate license and began working at Carolina One Real Estate.

With her new company, Sztankovics hopes to transform neglected communities and improve the curb appeal of different neighborhoods. Her company’s mission is to create value for people by bringing neighborhoods and communities back to life, one home at a time.

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The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2019 https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-graduate-college-class-of-2019/ Mon, 13 May 2019 17:22:10 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8219 The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.These students were among the approximately 400 graduate and evening undergraduate students who accepted diplomas during the 2019 commencement ceremony.]]> The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.

Approximately 400 graduate and evening undergraduate students accepted diplomas during The Citadel Graduate College’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4 in McAlister Field House.

Graduates accepted their diploma from Citadel alumnus Gen. Glenn W. Walters, USMC (Ret.), who was officiating as president for the first time.

The top graduate programs for the Class of 2019 included a education, business administration and project management. The top evening undergraduate programs for the graduating class included business administration, nursing and electrical engineering.

The 20 men and women who earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees were the first class to graduate from the CGC’s new evening undergraduate nursing program.

The following students were among the graduating class:

Last name First name Last name First name
Achilles Shelby Laffey Shawn
Aiello Mary Lantagne Jayson
Aites Klintan Lasky Katherine
AL Mashhadany Lawyer Nancy
Alewine Jacob Lisek Samantha
Alexis Nancy Litten Tres
Altman Langley Little Chad
Ambrose Courtney Loeser Gregory
Anderson Genevieve Lumpkin Alvin
Anderson Rachel Martin Elizabeth
Andrews Dalton Matthews Sarah
Armstrong Sarah Maza-Collins Veronica
August Diana Maza-Collins Lindey
Backus Christopher McCall Joslyn
Bailey Amanda McCall Wylie
Baker James McClary Margaret
Banks Emily McClellan Christopher
Barnes John McDaniel Lindsey
Barnes Lauren McDevitt Maura
Barnette Michael McGrain Evan
Barnhill Grady McGrath Melanie
Barron Frank McIntosh George
Barrows Jeremy McKenzie Gary
Bartek William McLean Michael
Begley Maureen McNamara Jordan
Berk Alison McQuain David
Biggs Brandon Mears Kaity
Blanton Brian Medunjanin Medo
Bocook Clarence Mendonca Henriques
Bottari Joseph Mercado Warren
Bowers Tory Merriweather Curtis
Brady Sarah Messick Rachael
Bray Christopher Mickens Jimmisha
Bren Austin Middleton Tommie
Bromley Priscilla Miller Kyle
Broome Adrian Milone Matthew
Brouillette Dan Moore Lauren
Brown Arthur Moran Robert
Brown Ashia Morgan Tara
Brown Jamita Morocco Joshua
Brown Max Morris Robert
Brown George Morris Taylor
Brown Christopher Navarro Christian
Brown Kenneth Netherland Michael
Brown Robert Neukuckatz Paulina
Brown Anthony Nichols John
Bruce Henry Noisette Anthony
Budd Aaron Nolen Kaleigh
Buerkley Mallory Norcross Joseph
Callery Juliann Norris Matthew
Camp Meagan O’Brien Terry
Carney Kathleen O’Dell Sandra
Carter Rachael Ohene-Bekoe Eric
Carter Tyus O’Kane Erin
Cashion Caroline Olson Joseph
Cason James Overeem Alex
Chisolm Maxine Oyler Robert
Chitwood Eric Pallagi Elizabeth
Christensen Gary Palomo Kimberly
Clement Hayden Pawlowski David
Collins Apryl Peeples Jack
Collins Matthew Penington Jason
Coltrane Karen Perry Robert
Combs Kyle Perry-Moultrie Javonna
Condon Catherine Petrone Jennifer
Connell Zachariah Pfeffer Shawn
Cook Rebecca Phillips Michelle
Cooney Patrick Pinckney Anthony
Corney Daniel Pohl Emily
Corrigan Marquel Polk Carey
Creeden Brigid Porter Matthew
Culler David Preuss Andrew
Cummings Megan Pringle Candace
Cunningham Michael Pruitt Terry
Curtis Elisabeth Quedevez Jaciara
Darnell Avery Reid Jessica
Davenport Oshay Rentz Taylor
Detrich Jonathan Revan Ashton
Dillahey Danielle Richardson Delores
Doney Cherie’ Richoux Patrick
Donohue Michael Rickenbaker William
Downing Meagan Rinehart Lacie
Duke Christopher Roach Steven
Dukes Bryan Roberts Benjamin
Duncan Katie Robinette Justin
Ecklund Daniel Roch Leah
Edwards Michael Rogers William
Egelson Daniel Ruby Peter
Ellis Carmen Russell Ashley
Evans Lushen Russell Richard
Fairbourne Deanna Russell Trevor
Fernandez Thomas Ryan Ashley
Ferrigan Parker Ryan Jonathan
Fladger Candace Salem Madelyn
Ford Gregory Schaefer Thomas
Ford Nichole Schaefer John
Formichella Alyson Scott Caitlin
Fox Andrew Scott Suzanne
Foxworth Chesley Scott Jason
French Jonathan Serencsits William
Fullbright Erica Short Kevin
Fulmer Aimee Siders Russell
Gallagher Jacqueline Silvers Trenton
Gary April Sistare Stephen
Gilbert Lauren Skyers Cierra
Glasscock Chad Small Ryan
Grahek Matthew Smalls Tonya
Grandi Matthew Smith Austin
Graves Mary Smith Ashley
Greb Jonathan Smith Thomas
Grech Ashley Smith Chelsea
Greene Kathleen Smith Steven
Greene Stephanie Smith Kendra
Grimsley Chaunee Sooter Taylor
Gruno Valentine Spence Nicola
Gureley Katie Spurgeon Jeremiah
Guthrie Justin Stack Phillip
Hanna Rebecca Stephens Selwyn
Hansis Carly Sternfeld Tamar
Harper Nicholas Stevens Rebeccah
Harper Emily Stillwagoner Deidra
Harrington Anne Stokes James
Hedrick Amanda Stone-Danahy Rebecca
Hensley Teresa Sztankovics Csilla
Hess Hunter Taylor Katherine
Hickman Joshua Taylor Sammie
Hines David Taylor Megan
Hinson Victoria Thickens Emily
Hoffman Jeremy Thompson Lauren
Hoisington Brittany Tillman Talmadge
Hooks Elizabeth Tolbert Chelsea
Hovey Matthew Torres Andres
Howard Jenelle Tran Vu
Hudson Jordan Tran Chau
Huger Nycole Trivett Tristen
Hui Sze Turner Neil
Hussen Nejmudin Veytsman Aleksandr
Irizarry Del Valle Priscilla Viteri Jose
Jacobs Jeremiah Weeks Thomas
Jarrell Jonathan Westberry Nicole
Jefferson Ramona Westberry Ryan
Jeffords Jill Whirley Rachel
Jenkins Katherine White Justin
Johnson Talbott White Teandra
Junkins Christina Wilkerson Marlaina
Kaiser-Parlette Terri Willard Robert
Kantala Kenrick Williams Derek
Kassab Amanda Williams Ben
Kazda Jarrod Williams Kelly
Kazda Manda Williams Brittney
Keelor Kimberly Willis Damian
Kennedy Jennifer Wilson Ashley
Kerrigan Sean Wilson-Ochoa Sasha
Kerver Suzanne Winn Jessica
King Danielle Wohlrab Steven
King Corey Wood Micah
Kirkpatrick Jessica Woodard Hayward
Kitchens Jeremy Wright Davon
Kitt Demario Yablinsky Malena
Kupper Eric Young Rachel
Ladson Eric Zubel Lindsey
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The South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2019 https://today.citadel.edu/the-south-carolina-corps-of-cadets-class-of-2019/ Mon, 13 May 2019 14:00:57 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8208 SCCC commencement 2019 prayerSCCC commencement 2019 prayerThese cadets were amoung the 500 graduates of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets who particiated in the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4.]]> SCCC commencement 2019 prayerSCCC commencement 2019 prayer

More than 500 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets accepted diplomas during The Citadel’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4 in McAlister Field House. About 35% of the class accepted commissions as U.S. military officers in all branches of service just prior to graduation.

Graduates accepted their diploma from Citadel alumnus Gen. Glenn W. Walters, USMC (Ret.), who was officiating as president for the first time.

The top academic programs for the Class of 2019 included business administration, criminal justice, mechanical engineering, civil engineering and political science.

The following cadets were among the graduating class:

Last name First name Last name First name
Abernathy Samuel Kelley Jonathan
Adams Jonathan Kingland Maryah
Adams Jackson Kinson John
Adams Steven Kirby Ryan
Aguirre Alexis Koger Abigail
Akers Michael Kraftsow Matthew
Alday Juan Kreitzer Joshua
Allen Kentavius Kuhn Clayton
Allman Logan Kulick Stephan
Anderson Jacob Kyle John
Anderson Jordan Lacy Jerod
Anderson Charles LaFlamme Canaan
Anzalone Michael Lambert Cameron
Aragon Evan Lamberth Isaac
Armstrong James Lanetti Matthew
Armstrong Christopher Lanetti Matthew
Arroyo Arias Lariviere Thomas
Arroyo Arias Lee Graham
Atwater Graham Lee Tsu-Hang
Auten Allison Lee John
Bagwell William Lenahan Conor
Bailey Cody Lenahan Conor
Baker John Leto Peter
Baker Andrew Lewis Christopher
Balding Kenneth Lewis Gabriel
Baldwin Claude Ligon Jacob
Barber Logan Lilly Dylan
Barnes Cedric Linton Jonathan
Barnett Riley Littlejohn Shadonna
Barone Luke Livingston Matthew
Bartolo Matthew Llera Austin
Bartrum Braeden Loeffler Dawson
Bateman Trace Loggins Blake
Baucom Taylor Long Conrad
Beal Lucas Lott James
Beall Lucas Lowder Charles
Beaput Adrian Lum Tai
Bearden Charles Mack Andrew
Besancon Hunter Maki Sierra
Bialakis Alex Malek Seth
Bickley James Malott Joshua
Bishop Dylan Manceaux Kendred
Black Daniel Marr Daniel
Black Jordan Martin Jace
Blackwelder John Martin Sydney
Blanchard Richard Mathis Jacob
Bosshart Kevin Matsuoka Max
Bowles Robert Matthews Eugene
Brace Nicholas Matthews Weston
Bradshaw Jared McAllister Ethan
Bridges Devlen McGaffic Michael
Brinkley Charles McGuirt Whitney
Brister Jeffery McIntyre Cooper
Brooks Rowan McLeod John
Brown Trevor McQuitty Samuel
Bruner Colby McTigue John
Buchanan Parker Meacham Matthew
Buddendorff Evan Melendez Elijah
Buffalo Khafari Meredith Morgan
Buffington Steven Merritt Jordan
Burckhalter Andrew Michael Jordan
Burgess Tyler Miele Mark
Butler Jamme Milhouse Marcus
Byrd Parker Miller Logan
Calcagno Paul Miller Lucas
Campbell Drew Miller Maxwell
Campbell Coleman Miller Logan
Capers Christina Miller Matthew
Carney Paul Mitchell Brandon
Carruthers Sumerlyn Mitchell David
Carter Bradley Mizell Alexis
Cass Kameron Moeller Corey
Casselman Jonathan Moore Joshua
Causey Hampton Moore Trenton
Chapman Jacob Moore James
Chapman Jacob Muenter Grant
Chapman Edward Muller Payton
Cherry Tamir Munday Matthew
Ching Hsin-Yun Murn Abigail
Chow Dillon Murphy Michael
Christensen Andrew Murray Hannah
Churchill Stephen Murray Leon
Clancy Patrick Najdawi Zane
Clark Joshua Nanney Travis
Cleland Cole Neil Peter
Clingman Rebecca Neira Kyle
Cobb Garrett Newton Aaron
Conde Michael Newton Austin
Connolly Liam Nixon Curtis
Conroy John Norton Joseph
Cook Richard Ondevilla Stephen
Cooper Skylar O’Rourke John
Cooper Grayson Osborne Tanner
Copeland Brandon Osburn Luke
Coppola Matthew Osmon Nicholas
Cornelio-Ruiz Maria Outlaw Tony
Cornelio-Ruiz Maria Owen Christopher
Cox Jefferson Palmer Ryan
Cox James Pang-Riddle Alexander
Craft Gregory Parmely Byron
Crawley Hunter Peden Benjamin
Cucinotta Nicolas Phillips James
Cunningham Joseph Phillips Charles
Dalenburg Samuel Pierce Rucker
Dalrymple Thomas Pitman Matthew
Davis Philip Plant Jonathan
Davis Jeffrey Poe Milton
Davis Alexander Pollard Steven
Davis Tyler Porter Clayton
Days David Powers Jacob
Deaver Charles Preddy Abraham
Dees Isaac Prince Meryl
DeKold Richard Pringle Lauren
Delao Kevin Pugh James
Denzine Victor Pulliam Ryan
Desser Margaret Pusey Alexander
DeWitt Devin Quade William
Diaz Andrew Rainey Brandon
Dill Jacob Rasberry William
Dobbs Harrison Reaves Jonathan
Drake Richard Reed Temon
Dromerhauser Erin Reed Jonathan
DuBose Brice Reeves Bethany
Duzz Brandi Rhinehart Hamilton
Dymond Matthew Rice William
Eager Maxwell Rice Michael
Eason Hunter Richardson Clarence
Edwards Alexis Richburg Jariek
Eklund Koby Riddle Brian
Escobar Sebastian Rigby Patrick
Evangelista Matthew Ringgold Jeremy
Everham McKenzie Rodriguez Taylor
Faris Kirk Root Sawyer
Farnham Michael Rose Tyler
Felt Mitchell Rose Joseph
Fenters Gilbert Rourke Frank
Fenwrick-Wallace Leah Ruckel Ethan
Ferguson Russell Santana Bryan
Fischer Connor Sapp Caleb
Fischer Connor Sauers Daniel
Fitzgerald Jordan Saunders Bradford
Flender Richard Sawyer Cameron
Fleshman James Scerbo Joseph
Flippen Samuel Scholl David
Flowers Henry Scoggins Nathaniel
Flynn Kylie Scurry Elliott
Foor Andrew Serpas Blake
Ford Max Shin Colin
Forster McKinley Shore Cameron
Foulks Morgan Shugan Andrew
Fox Logan Shumpert Austin
Franklin Kaylee Sigmon Blake
Franks Riley Simrill Thomas
Frazee Philip Sims Cody
Freeman Sylvester Sloan Nicholas
Frierson Matthew Smith Briggs
Galbraith Bradley Smith Zachary
Galemmo Michael Smith Grayson
Gallman Attorney Snoke Andrew
Ganezer Joshua Snyder James
Ganley Stone Snyder James
Geis Conrad Somsri Thitprapan
Gerba Michael Spearman Cody
Getreu Trevor Spence Dylan
Gibbs Stuart Spotts Zacharey
Gill Sloan Stallings Marion
Godwin Jeffrey Stanley Caleb
Goethe Stone Stolar Isaac
Golden William Stone Harry
Goldhorn Alexandra Strickland James
Goldstein Daniel Suarez Gustavo
Gonzalez Bryan Subervielle Matthew
Gorman Zachariah Sulzbach Shona
Gray Connor Susanke Damon
Green James Swain Kevin
Griffin Darryl Swanson Erik
Grimal Marina Sweere Evan
Grimal Marina Swope Griffin
Grissop Jackson Tamblyn Sebastian
Grizzle Avery Tankard Hayden
Gurley Aaron Taylor Ian
Hair Jared Taylor Jonathan
Hajek Michael Taylor Christopher
Hammond Kyle Tenlen Sebastian
Hannah Adam Terenzio John
Hardee Jesse Terwilliger Adam
Harker Colby Thackston Marc
Harrell James Thomas Jordan
Harvey-Fonvil Noah Thompson Maxwell
Hatler Douglas Thompson Summer
Hatler Douglas Thompson Trevor
Hayes Weston Thorsen Christopher
Hayes Fischer Timmerman Tidal
Hayes Blayne Townsend Joseph
Heape Edwin Tucker Ian
Helms Dalton Umstead Robert
Hendershot Aaron Usrey Garrett
Henson Matthew Valentine Rene
Herzler Ralph Vandamme Julian
Hickey Brandon Vanderheyden Robert
Hill Justin Vandiver Anthony
Hobson Roy Viveiros Seth
Hoffman Griffin Vu Van
Hopersberger Michael Walker Katherine
Hsu Pang Walton Prentiss
Hudak Andrew Wamsley Joshua
Hudson Robert Ward Lorenzo
Hurley James Watkins James
Ilderton Daniel Watson William
Irving Cagney Wawrzynski Adam
Ivy Christopher Webb Raleigh
James William Wendling Joseph
Januchowski Anthony Wentley Marcello
Jeffcoat Wesley Wheat Adam
Jendrasiak Lucas Whitaker Za’Von
Jenkins Demetrius White Evan
Jeter Robert White Martayez
Johnson Alexander Wielbruda Nicholas
Johnson Rodriquez Wilder Amber
Johnson Emmanuel Wilder Matthew
Johnson Richard Williams Levi
Johnson Ryan Williams Ja’lon
Johnson David Williams Jordan
Johnson Holland Wilson William
Johnson James Wilson Devan
Johnson Talmadge Wilson Preston
Joiner Jarod Witham Grayson
Jones Jeffrey Wolfe Octavia
Jordan Mason Wosu Ugonna
Jowers Austin Wright William
Kane-Yearman Keelan Yates Sean
Kardohely Sarah Ynclan Dylan
Kearney Charles Young Robert
Keefe Patrick Young Xavier
Keel Richard Zorn Sarah
Keller Katherine
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VA secretary challenges Citadel graduates to pay freedom forward https://today.citadel.edu/robert-wilkie-commencement-address/ Wed, 08 May 2019 20:40:02 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8128 The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.Wilkie reminds graduates of their responsibilities as citizens during commencement address Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie has vivid memories of his North Carolina childhood in Fort Bragg as the]]> The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.

Wilkie reminds graduates of their responsibilities as citizens during commencement address

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie has vivid memories of his North Carolina childhood in Fort Bragg as the Vietnam War lingered—the death toll appearing at the end of the CBS Evening News broadcast that his mother watched every night; a child being pulled from class at the same time a chaplain arrived bearing a folded flag; his father not being able to wear his uniform in town because of anti-war sentiment.

The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.
The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers a commencement address during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.

“The country as a whole was ugly to people from that conflict,” he said in an interview Friday before speaking at commencement exercises Saturday afternoon for The Citadel Graduate College.

Last July Wilkie was confirmed as the 10th secretary of the VA. He previously served as the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. His father was a highly decorated artillery officer from the 82nd Airborne Unit, and Wilkie himself served in the U.S. Navy Reserve with the Joint Forces Intelligence Command, Naval Special Warfare Group Two, and the Office of Naval Intelligence.  He is currently a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve assigned to the Office of the Chief of Staff.

The Citadel’s Swain Department of Nursing, which partners with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, was established in 2016 to help address the nation’s nursing shortage. On Saturday, The Citadel’s first class of nursing students graduated. There were 21 members.

Health care is one of the most important benefits awarded to veterans. According to Wilkie, the turnover for nurses in the VA is low at 8 to 9 percent, while in most health care systems, it’s 18 to 20 percent.

“Serving those who have served, I think, is the most noble mission in the government,” Wilkie said.


Watch Secretary Wilkie’s full commencement address to The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2019


The Citadel is known for both its contribution to the nation’s military and its friendliness to veterans. Approximately 35 percent of the Corps of Cadets earn a commission to serve in one of the armed services. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report named The Citadel the No. 1 Best College for Veterans in the South, up from No. 2 in 2018.  In the spring semester, The Citadel veterans program numbered 236 students.

“We hear a lot in the United States about our rights as citizens,” Wilkie said to the graduating class. “What we don’t hear enough about are our responsibilities as citizens.”

As he concluded his speech, Wilkie reminded the audience that the founding fathers fought for their freedom.

“They gave us more than a nation,” he said. “They brought to mankind for the first time the central idea that we are born free, that each of us has inalienable rights, and that the government was created for our convenience, having only the powers people chose to give it. That is the heritage that you are about to claim, and that is the heritage that many in this audience have already defended in uniform. We need you. We need your great ideas, your strength, and your idealism to help us make right that which is wrong.”

Honorary degree recipient

During the commencement ceremony, Wilkie was awarded an honorary degree for his service to veterans.

The Honorable Robert Leon Wilkie is dedicated to the veterans whose selfless service and sacrifice protect America’s freedoms and ensure its democracy.  As the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, one of the largest government agencies, Mr. Wilkie is responsible for providing veterans and their families with the benefits and services they have earned.  The son of an Army artillery commander, Mr. Wilkie grew up in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He currently serves in the United States Air Force Reserve in the Office of the Chief of Staff.  With more than twenty-five years of federal service at the national and international levels, Mr. Wilkie has an impressive resume that includes serving as the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.  In this role he was the principal advisor to the secretary and deputy secretary of defense for total force management as it relates to readiness, National Guard and Reserve component affairs, health affairs, training, and personnel requirements and management.  For his tireless work in support of veterans and their families and for his lifetime of public service, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to award the Honorable Robert Leon Wilkie an honorary Doctorate of Public Administration.

The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, receives an honorary doctoral degree in public administration during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.
The Honorable Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, receives an honorary doctoral degree in public administration during The Citadel Graduate College commencement on May 4, 2019.
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Celebrating two graduates from the Zucker Family School of Education on National Teacher Appreciation Day https://today.citadel.edu/zucker-family-school-of-education-national-teacher-appreciation-day-2019/ Tue, 07 May 2019 20:00:22 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8087 Jonathan French during his first day teaching in South KoreaJonathan French during his first day teaching in South KoreaMeet two graduates from the Class of 2019 who will use what they learned in the Zucker Family School of Education to teach others.]]> Jonathan French during his first day teaching in South KoreaJonathan French during his first day teaching in South Korea

Photo: Jonathan French, CGC Class of 2019, on his first day teaching in South Korea

Meet two graduates from the Class of 2019 who will go on to teach others

The Zucker Family School of Education cultivates undergraduate and graduate students into principled educational leaders capable of, and committed to, transforming our schools into learning communities where all children and youth succeed. With a focus toward learner-centered education, graduates from The Citadel’s education programs are effective in educating a diverse learner population to high academic standards.

The Citadel’s Master of Education is one of the most popular graduate programs offered. In fact, more graduates from The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2019 earned a M.Ed. than any other degree.

Learn what you can do with an education degree from The Citadel below:

Jonathan French
Master of Education in Interdisciplinary STEM Education

French earned his master’s degree online from his alma mater while living and teaching overseas.

“The best decision I made was going to The Citadel.”

Jonathan French with Korean plush toy
Jonathan French with Korean plush toy

Jonathan French, Class of 2010, graduated as a cadet nine years ago, but now he is completing the next state of his education. He just earned his Master of Education in Interdisciplinary STEM Education through The Citadel, but this time he did it from South Korea. French is originally from Charleston, South Carolina, and is currently a teacher at Chungbuk National University in Cheongju, South Korea.

He began pursuing his Master of Education in Interdisciplinary STEM Education in fall 2017, while teaching at an elementary school in South Korea. He says his reason for obtaining a master’s degree is to make himself more marketable, both in South Korea and The United States.

Eventually, French plans to return to the U.S. and wants to make sure he’s prepared to teach mathematics, which is what he studied during his time in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Koy Mai
Bachelor of Science in Physical Education

Mai spent his time as a cadet learning how to give back to others.

“The best reason to attend The Citadel is to receive an education in an environment where I could push myself further than I ever had.”

Koy Mai, left, and his brother, Andrew Mai, '16
Koy Mai, left, and his brother, Andrew Mai, Class of 2016

Koy Mai, of Papa Company, is a graduate of the Class of 2019 with a degree in physical education. Mai is originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Koy is the recipient of the Charles H. Hirshey Award, which recognizes the most outstanding graduate in teacher education. He has also served as both president and secretary of the Student Learning Disabilities Association of The Citadel. Additionally, Koy has served as a mentor to students with learning differences at the Charleston Catholic School for three years, and has presented about mentoring at national and state peer-reviewed conferences, as well as at The Citadel’s Principled Leadership Symposium.

After graduation, he plans to become a physical education teacher and wrestling coach.

Koy Mai, Col Charles E. Hirshey Award
Koy Mai accepting Col Charles E. Hirshey Award from Larry Daniel, Ph. D., dean of the Zucker Family School of Education
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Citadel graduates its 1st female regimental commander https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-graduates-its-1st-female-regimental-commander/ https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-graduates-its-1st-female-regimental-commander/#comments Tue, 07 May 2019 10:00:44 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=7994 Sarah Zorn with Gen. Walters, president of The Citadel, during commencement 2019Sarah Zorn with Gen. Walters, president of The Citadel, during commencement 2019For the first time in the Citadel's 176-year history, the formerly all-male military college in South Carolina will graduate a female regimental commander.]]> Sarah Zorn with Gen. Walters, president of The Citadel, during commencement 2019Sarah Zorn with Gen. Walters, president of The Citadel, during commencement 2019

From National Public Radio, by Victoria Hansen

For the first time in the Citadel’s 176-year history, the formerly all-male military college in South Carolina will graduate its first female regimental commander.

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AARTI SHAHANI, HOST:

She was named one of the New York Times most memorable people of 2018. She’s been photographed by the famed Annie Leibovitz. Her name is Sarah Zorn, and she’s the first woman to lead cadets at The Citadel, the formerly all-male military school in South Carolina founded in 1842. Yesterday she graduated as an officer in the U.S. Army. South Carolina Public Radio’s Victoria Hansen has more from Charleston.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: And the grade of second lieutenant do solemnly swear that I will support…

VICTORIA HANSEN, BYLINE: Standing in the background, right hand raised, her blond bun tightly wrapped at the nape of her neck, Sarah Zorn takes an officer’s oath with nearly 100 other cadets. She’s about to get pinned, commissioning her as a second lieutenant. But she has to wait. Alphabetically, Zorn is used to going last. But at this school, she is very much a first, the first female regimental commander in The Citadel’s long-storied history, leading 2,400 mostly male cadets. But Zorn says, don’t make a fuss about being first. She just wants to be the best.

SARAH ZORN: I told him – I said, sir, I don’t want to be the first female regimental commander; I want to be just like him. And I pointed to Dillon Graham, who’s the current regimental commander.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: Lieutenant Sarah Zorn, military intelligence, branch detailed field artillery, is being pinned by her…

HANSEN: Finally, Zorn’s name is called. She’s accompanied on stage by her cousins. Her mother died when she was just 16 years old. Zorn feels the loss, and the weight of those small gold bars, upon her shoulders.

ZORN: There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with being a lieutenant. I’m in the business of taking care of soldiers.

HANSEN: Zorn believes she has been accepted by The Citadel, but that wasn’t always the case nearly 25 years ago when a federal court ruling forced the military college to open its doors to women. The first, Shannon Faulkner – she left within a week, blaming death threats and sexist slurs. Since then, more than 500 women have attended. Zorn’s roommate, Cagney Irving, admits there have been whispers among some male cadets who doubted Zorn could lead as a woman.

CAGNEY IRVING: But she didn’t let that get to her. She always held her ground. And despite people’s negative comments, she would just show them that positive side and that leader – that great leader that she is.

HANSEN: It probably didn’t hurt – Zorn can do 70 pushups in just two minutes and has three black belts in martial arts. She’s also mentally tough – losing her mother and then her aunt who died during her freshman year. In high school, Zorn found a mentor in her junior ROTC instructor, Gary Syme (ph). He helped her get a four-year scholarship. Syme also gave Zorn’s first salute, wiping tears behind his tinted glasses.

GARY SYME: I’ve got a lot of respect for her – very proud of her.

HANSEN: Zorn’s cousins, Allen and Jenn Marfit (ph), have long cared for her, as well.

JENN MARFIT: Nothing was ever given. Anything she has is because she worked very hard to get what she had.

HANSEN: Now they’re patiently trying to help her pack. Zorn carefully hangs up her full dress uniform, which will be donated, displayed and archived at The Citadel. She gazes one last time out the giant window overlooking the parade field. Women have never before been allowed to stay in this room. Still, there’s one more stop on the way down to that iconic field. The first female regimental commander, who often has to wait to go last…

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ZORN: And, look; we survived, female regimental commander and all.

HANSEN: …Gets the last word at graduation.

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HANSEN: For NPR News, I’m Victoria Hansen in Charleston.

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Class of 2019 graduation rewind https://today.citadel.edu/class-of-2019-graduation-rewind/ Mon, 06 May 2019 21:00:45 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=8018 Long Gray LineLong Gray LineAn atmosphere of jubilation percolated across campus in the final days of the 2018-19 academic year, with several event-filled days dedicated to celebrating the achievements of The Citadel Class of 2019.]]> Long Gray LineLong Gray Line

An atmosphere of jubilation percolated across campus in the final days of the 2018-19 academic year, with several event-filled days dedicated to celebrating the achievements of The Citadel Class of 2019.

Senior cadets enjoying their last parade
Senior cadets enjoying their last parade

One of the most anticipated events: the Long Gray Line military dress parade, marking the departure of senior members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets (SCCC).

Richard Snyder accepts command of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets May 3, 2019

During the parade, the Class of 2020 Regimental Commander, Cadet Col. Richard Snyder, accepted the ceremonial sword from Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn. Zorn graduated after leading the SCCC’s 2,400 cadets as the first woman in the top ranking position. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and was among the approximately 35% of the senior cadets who became U.S. military officers in all branches of service, just prior to accepting their diplomas.

2nd Lt. Sarah Zorn The Citadel May 3 2019
2nd Lt. Sarah Zorn The Citadel May 3 2019

Approximately 500 cadets and 450 Citadel Graduate College (CGC) students crossed the stage during two different ceremonies in McAllister Field House as their family and friends cheered.

Audience members celebrating as their cadet's name is announced
Audience members celebrating as their cadet’s name is announced

Graduates accepted their diploma from Citadel alumnus Gen. Glenn W. Walters, USMC (Ret.), who was officiating as president for the first time.

Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.) Citadel president presents diploma to Cadet Matthew Wilder, second highest ranking Army ROTC cadet in the U.S.

Included in the processions were members of The Citadel’s inaugural class of nursing students. Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees were presented to one cadet and 20 evening undergraduate men and women.

Citadel evening program nursing graduates move their tassels indicating they officially graduated

And, because The Citadel is a family tradition for many, alumni from the Corps’ and CGC are invited to present diplomas to their graduating family members each May. In 2019, there were 58 SCCC legacy graduates and 21 from CGC programs.

CGC graduates listened to the U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Robert Wilkie, who spoke about the “obligation of service to our great nation.” Remember what you are passionate about, and remember that all people have a spirit capable of compassion, sacrifice and endurance,” Wilkie said.

Veterans Administration Secretary Robert Wilkie addressing Citadel Graduate College graduates

Words to remember were spoken to cadets by Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, Jr., USMC, the commander of U.S. Central Command. But it was Zorn, the cadet who’d spent the year representing a “first” for the SCCC, who ironically got in the final words, having earned the right to deliver the traditional “last cadet in line” speech after four years of being last alphabetically.

Zorn used social media metaphors in a speech that had the Corps laughing, but feeling nostalgic in the end.


Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn delivers the traditional “last cadet in line” speech because her name starts with a “Z”

Soon we will drive through Lesesne Gate our final time as cadets. Our relationship status will change from “it’s complicated” to “long distance.” We will hold tight the relationships that matter most, the ones with our classmates, our brothers and sisters. Today we walk out of this room, these gates, this place, as Citadel men and women, and I wouldn’t want to share that relationship status with anyone else. Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn, Regimental Commander, The Citadel Class of 2019

Watch a recap of the SCCC graduation ceremony below.

Congratulations to all 2019 graduates!

Cadets celebrating with family after Class of 2019 Long Gray Line Parade

 

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Citadel mom of six fulfills dream of becoming police officer https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-mom-of-six-fulfills-dream-of-becoming-police-officer/ https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-mom-of-six-fulfills-dream-of-becoming-police-officer/#comments Mon, 06 May 2019 15:01:17 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=7926 Jennifer Petrone told her family her lifelong goal was to become a police officer. Now, in her Beaufort Police Department uniform, she credits her family as key to her success while standing as an example to her six children that determination can transform a goal that seems out of reach into reality.]]>

Needless to say, our family truly believes in everything The Citadel stands for. Jennifer Petrone, Beaufort Police Officer Candidate

Jennifer Petrone told her family her lifelong goal was to become a police officer. Now, in her Beaufort Police Department uniform, she credits her family as key to her success. She also stands as an example to her six children, proving that determination can transform a seemingly-unobtainable goal into reality.

Petrone is a member of The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2019, graduating May 4 with a Master of Arts in Social Science. She worked on her master’s at the same time her son, Eian, joined the U.S. Marine Corps and her oldest daughter, Briona, became a member of The South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Petrone earned a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice through The Citadel’s Evening Undergraduate Program in 2015. She earned a graduate certificate in Leadership Studies between her undergrad and graduate degrees.

Back row left to right: Eian, Jennifer, Matthew. Front row, left to right: Emarra, Anthony, Andrew, Briona and Benjamin

For me personally going to The Citadel taught me that I am capable of achieving greatness. The core values that I learned while working on my bachelor’s degree with the Evening Undergraduate Program helped to instill in me what was necessary to achieve my next goal: finishing my master’s degree.

I am forever grateful for the long nights, time away from my children, weekend sacrifices, and at times, many tears; I am grateful because all of this showed me that anything is possible when one sets their mind to something.

“Being a student at The Citadel was something I never thought would be possible, I am so honored to be a part of The Citadel family. I now have a daughter that is about to embark on her junior year in the Corps of Cadets and a son who is inspiring to be a legacy to his sister. Needless to say our family truly believes in everything The Citadel stands for, ” said Petrone.

Petrone’s next step is to complete her officer training with South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy while working for the Beaufort Police Department. “I would like to eventually be placed in one of the local schools as the school resource officer, but this will take a little time to achieve.”

Jennifer Petrone accepts masters degree diploma from Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), Citadel president
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The Citadel presents special awards to four cadets and two faculty members during commencement https://today.citadel.edu/special-graduation-awards-cadets-faculty-members-2019/ Mon, 06 May 2019 13:15:42 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=7759 The Citadel honored four of its most outstanding cadets and two distinguished faculty members during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement.]]>

The recipients are being recognized for their outstanding academic and professional achievements

The Citadel honored four of its most outstanding cadets and two distinguished faculty members during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement Sat., May 4.

The awards recognize the two cadets with the highest grade point averages, the most courteous member of the graduating class, a cadet and a faculty member who achieved academic excellence, and a faculty member for his or her love of teaching.

Cadets receive Corps’ most prestigious honors

Nicolas Cucinotta, First Honor Graduate
Nicolas Cucinotta, First Honor Graduate

Cadets whose grade point averages were the highest in the Class of 2019, based on total college record, are recognized as the David Shingler Spell First and Second Honor Graduates. Recipients of the award receive an inscribed plaque and a stipend for educational expenses at the graduate level.

McKinley Forster, Second Honor Graduate
McKinley Forster, Second Honor Graduate

Cadet Nicolas Cucinotta, a civil engineering major from Alexandria, Virginia, was named the first honor graduate. Cucinotta is a Navy ROTC scholarship student, a member of both Tau Beta Phi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, and commander of Lima Company. Cucinotta will attend The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia in preparation to become a Marine Corps Infantry Officer.

Cadet McKinley Forster, a civil engineering major from Brazil, Indiana, was named the second honor graduate. Forster is the recipient of numerous academic scholarships, the treasurer of the student chapter of the National Civil Engineering Society, a member of both Tau Beta Phi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, and the academic officer of Sierra Company. Forster will pursue his graduate studies at Purdue University.

Battalion commander awarded John O. Willson Ring

Cadet Mitchell Felt, a mechanical engineering major from Simpsonville, South Carolina, was presented the John O. Willson Ring. The ring has been awarded annually since 1911 to a senior elected by their peers as the finest, purest and most courteous member of the class.

Mitchell Felt, John O. Willson Ring
Mitchell Felt, John O. Willson Ring

Because of his outstanding leadership abilities, Felt was selected to serve as commander of Fifth Battalion. Felt has also excelled academically, earning gold stars recognition for all eight semesters he’s attended The Citadel.

Felt is a distinguished military graduate, having already the Cadet Medal of Merit Award and the Robert G. Miller Memorial Sword during the awards convocation on May 2.

He will enter the Navy, where his first assignment is to attend pilot training in Pensacola, Florida.

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards presented to two dedicated to academic excellence

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards were presented to Cadet Matthew Lanetti and Sarah Imam, M.D. The awards are presented annually through the New York Southern Society to a student and faculty member in recognition of high thought and noble endeavor.

Matthew Lanetti, Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
Matthew Lanetti, Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Lanetti is a student from the Honors Program, with a double major in Chemistry and French. He also received a Star of the West Scholarship along with several other academic awards. He is the Regimental Academic Officer, where he served as liaison among the Provost’s office, faculty and students. Lanetti has been involved in service to The Citadel an the Charleston community: as an Eagle Scout, he volunteered with local Boy Scout troops and has served as a volunteer at The Charleston STEM Festival, as well as chemistry outreach activities. Lanetti will enroll in the Ph.D. in Chemistry program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Sarah Imam, M.D., Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
Sarah Imam, M.D., Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Imam is an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance. Examples of her service to others can be seen in her work at the Lowcountry Food Bank, Random Acts of Kindness, the Special Olympics “Buddy Dance,” a free medical clinic and MUSC volunteer programs. She also founded the “Feed a Friend Friday” initiative at The Citadel, and is also responsible for the establishment of The Citadel’s globally recognized healthcare study abroad program to Lithuania.

Grimsley Award presented to business professor, director of the Innovation Lab

James Bezjian, Ph.D., received the James A. Grimsley Jr. Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence for his love of teaching, commitment to scholarship and dedication to the Corps of Cadets.

James Bezjian, Ph.D., James A. Grimsley Jr. Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence
James Bezjian, Ph.D., James A. Grimsley Jr. Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence

Bezjian is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship, whose research and teaching interests are focused on innovation management as well as entrepreneurship. Bezjian is also the director of the Baker School of Business Innovation Lab, where he and his students use technology to solve complex problems for companies, governments and non-profit organizations.

His passion for teaching is evident through his service as a faculty representative for the Network Globally, Act Locally program. It exchanges entrepreneurship teams from universities in the United States and Estonia each summer to learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and develop business plans.

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Introducing American’s newest military officers https://today.citadel.edu/commissioning-ceremonies-army-air-force-navy-marines-2019/ Fri, 03 May 2019 18:47:27 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=7789 Army commissions saying oath during ceremonyArmy commissions saying oath during ceremonyApproximately 35% of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2019 took their military commissioning oaths on Fri., May 3.]]> Army commissions saying oath during ceremonyArmy commissions saying oath during ceremony

Nearly 200 Citadel cadets accept commissions during campus ceremonies

Approximately 35% of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2019 are now officers in all branches of the United States Armed Forces.

The commissioning ceremony for cadets going into the Army was held in McAlister Field House, while the ceremonies for the cadets going into the Air Force, the Navy and the Marines was held in Summerall Chapel.

The Class of 2019 has 104 cadets accepting Army commissions, 34 accepting Air Force commissions, 28 accepting Marine Corps commissions, 19 accepting Navy commissions, and one accepting a Coast Guard commission.

The commencement ceremony for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets is held the day after the commissioning ceremonies.

The 104 cadets accepting Army commissions include:

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Jonathan Adams Alexander Johnson
Michael Akers Richard Johnson
Logan Allman Talmadge Johnson
Christopher Armstrong Evan Kent
Kenneth Balding Matthew Kraftsow
Matthew Bartolo Joshua Kreitzer
Braeden Bartrum Stephan Kulick
Lucas Beal Cameron Lambert
Daniel Black Christopher Lewis
Nicholas Brace Gabriel Lewis
Trevor Brown Austin Llera
Parker Buchanan Jace Martin
Parker Byrd Michael McGaffic
Paul Calcagno Samuel McQuitty
Jacob Chapman Mark Miele
Cole Cleland Maxwell Miller
Brandon Copeland Abigail Murn
Matthew Coppola Peter Neil
Thomas Dalrymple John O’Rourke
Richard Dekold Tanner Osborne
Kevin Delao Ryan Palmer
Victor Denzine Rucker Pierce
Devin Dewitt Clarence Richardson
Andrew Diaz Patrick Rigby
Maxwell Eager Bradford Saunders
Alexis Edwards Nathaniel Scoggins
Koby Eklund Nicholas Sloan
Richard Flender Andrew Snoke
Samuel Flippin James Snyder
Kylie Flynn James Stackhouse
Logan Fox Matthew Subervielle
Riley Franks Eric Swanson
Trevor Getreu Hayden Tankard
Jeffrey Godwin Christopher Taylor
Alexandra Goldhorn Jonathan Taylor
Avery Grizzle Maxwell Thompson
Aaron Gurley Summer Thompson
Kyle Hammond Christopher Thorsen
Weston Hayes Garrett Usrey
Matthew Henson Seth Viveiros
Ralph Herzler Martayez White
Andrew Hudak Matthew Wilder
James Hurley Devan Wilson
Christopher Ivy Dylan Ynclan
Anthony Januchowski Sarah Zorn
Lucas Jendrasiak

The 34 cadets accepting commissions into the Air Force include:

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Adrian Beaput Kendred Manceaux
Hunter Besancon Ethan McAllister
Jordan Black Marcus Milhouse
Andrew Burckhalter Hannanh Murray
Coleman Campbell Aaron Newton
Christina Capers Austin Newton
Patrick Clancy Luke Osburn
Samuel Dalenburg Abraham Preddy
David Days Jonathan Reaves
Kirk Faris Temon Reed
Michael Farnham Bethany Reeves
Andrew Foor Lake Riddle
Philip Frazee Caleb Sapp
Joshua Ganezer Josef Summers
Blayne Hayes Joseph Townsend
Austin Jowers Preston Wilson
Tai Lum Xavier Young

The 28 cadets accepting commissions into the Marine Corps include:

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Samuel Abernathy Peter Leto
Juan Alday John Mctigue
Jacob Anderson David Mitchell
Jamie Butler Joshua Moore
Andrew Christensen Byron Parmely
Nicholas Cucinottta Damon Susanke
Bradley Galbraith Sebastian Tamblyn
Adam Gannah Anthony Vandiver
Noah Garvey-Fonvil Adam Wheat
Brandon Hickey Amber Wilder
Katherine Keller Ugonna Wosu
Ryan Kirby

The 19 cadets accepting commissions into the Navy include:

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Charles Anderson Sarah Kardohley
Graham Atwater James Lott
logan Barber Jacob Mathis
Cedric Barnes II Jonathan Plant
Margaret Desser Joseph Scerbo
Matthew Dymond Andrew Shugan
Mitchell Felt Thomas Simrill
Michael Hopersberger Ian Tucker
Keelan Kane-Yearman Katherine Walker

(Note: Some cadets accept their commissions later in the year after completing summer training.)

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