commencement 2019 – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Tue, 28 May 2019 18:14:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png commencement 2019 – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 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 Announces Graduation Speakers for the Class of 2019 https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-announces-graduation-speakers-for-the-class-of-2019/ https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-announces-graduation-speakers-for-the-class-of-2019/#comments Fri, 15 Mar 2019 15:44:14 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=6666 South Carolina Corps of Cadets Commencement CeremonySouth Carolina Corps of Cadets Commencement CeremonyTwo of the United States’ most influential leaders, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Franklin McKenzie, Jr., and the Honorable Robert Wilkie, will give the addresses at The Citadel’s two commencement ceremonies May 4.  ]]> South Carolina Corps of Cadets Commencement CeremonySouth Carolina Corps of Cadets Commencement Ceremony

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie to address Corps; Sec. of Veterans Affairs, Citadel Graduate College

Two of the United States’ most influential leaders, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Franklin McKenzie, Jr., and the Honorable Robert Wilkie, will give the addresses at The Citadel’s two commencement ceremonies on May 4. McKenzie, who most recently served as Director of the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington D.C. will address the South Carolina Corps of Cadets graduates. Wilkie, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, will address The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2019.

More than 500 cadets will graduate during the 9 a.m. ceremony for the Corps, and more than 300 veteran, evening undergraduate and graduate students from The Citadel Graduate College are expected to walk the stage to accept their diplomas at their 3:30 p.m. commencement ceremony.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth Franklin McKenzie, Jr.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr.
Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. to address South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 2019

Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr. has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate for promotion to four-star general and will assume command of U.S. Central Command  on March 28, 2019.

McKenzie is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from The Citadel in 1979, earning a commission into the U.S. Marine Corps and training as an infantry officer. McKenzie has commanded at the platoon, company, battalion, Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and component levels. As a lieutenant colonel, he commanded First Battalion, Sixth Marines. As the commanding officer of the 22d MEU, he led combat deployments to Afghanistan in 2004 and Iraq in 2005-06.

In 2006-07, McKenzie was the Military Secretary to the 33rd and 34th Commandants of the Marine Corps. In 2007, upon promotion to brigadier general, he served on the Joint Staff as Deputy Director of Operations within the National Military Command Center. In June 2008, McKenzie was selected by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to be the director of the administration transition team. In this capacity, he coordinated the efforts of the Joint Staff and the combatant commands in preparing for and executing a wartime transition of administrators.

In 2009, McKenzie reported to the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan, to serve as the deputy to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Stability. Upon his return from Afghanistan, he was assigned as the Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy (J-5) for the U.S. Central Command. In 2012, McKenzie reported to Headquarters Marine Corps to serve as the Marine Corps representative to the Quadrennial Defense Review. In 2014, McKenzie was promoted to lieutenant general and assumed command of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command. In October 2015, McKenzie became the Director, J-5, Strategic Plans and Policy for the Joint Staff. In 2017, he was named the Director of the Joint Staff.

McKenzie is an honor graduate of the Armor Officer Advanced Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the School of Advanced Warfighting. He was named a CMC Fellow in 1999, and served as a senior military fellow within the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. He earned a Master’s degree from The Citadel in Teaching with a concentration in history.

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets 2019 commencement takes place at 9 a.m. in McAlister Field House on campus, with doors opening one hour early. Tickets are required for the main ceremony.  A livestream of the event will be broadcast in Grimsley Hall for those arriving late or those without tickets. For more information, please visit The Citadel website here.

The Honorable Robert Wilkie

The Honorable Robert Wilkie, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
The Honorable Robert Wilkie, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to address The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2019

The Honorable Robert Wilkie is the 10th Secretary of Veterans Affairs, sworn into office in July 2018, after serving as the acting secretary for almost four months. Previously, Wilkie served as Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness—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, including equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation, and the quality of life for military families.

Wilkie is an officer in the United States Air Force Reserve assigned to the Office of the Chief of Staff. Before joining the Air Force, he served in the United States Navy Reserve with the Joint Forces Intelligence Command, Naval Special Warfare Group Two, and the Office of Naval Intelligence. He has more than 20 years of federal service at the national and international levels.

During the George W. Bush administration, Wilkie served Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates as Assistant Secretary of Defense. He was Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and a senior director of the National Security Council under Condoleezza Rice, Ph.D.

Wilkie also has experience in Congress, including recent service as senior advisor to Senator Thom Tillis and as counsel and advisor on international security affairs to the Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.  Wilkie shepherded the Senate confirmation processes for James Mattis, Robert Gates, and Admiral Mike Mullen, and he was responsible for the preparation of Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Croker for their multiple appearances before the Congress in defense of the Iraqi surge.

Wilkie was Vice President for Strategic Programs for CH2M HILL, one of the world’s largest engineering and program management firms (since purchased by Jacobs). There, he held program management and advisory assignments related to the London 2012 Summer Olympics and the reorganization of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense Supply and Logistics System (DE&S).

Wilkie holds an honors degree from Wake Forest University, a juris doctor from Loyola University College of Law, a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. A graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff, Air Command and Staff College and the Joint Forces Staff College, Wilkie has published articles in the Naval War College Review, Parameters, Armed Forces Journal International, Air and Space Power Journal, and Proceedings. He holds personal and unit decorations, as well as the Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest non-career civilian award of the department.

For more information on The Citadel Graduate College commencement events, visit The Citadel website here.

 

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