Troy University’s Pensacola Site to hold commencement ceremony Dec. 18

Posted: Monday, 06 December 2010

PENSACOLA—Troy University’s Pensacola Site will hold its fall commencement ceremony at the New World Conference Center at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18.

Degrees are expected to be awarded to 70 graduates.

TROY alumna Rear Admiral Cari B. Thomas, director of response policy for the United States Coast Guard, will deliver the commencement address. As director of response policy, Admiral Thomas oversees the development of strategic response doctrine and policy guidance for all Coast Guard forces and is stationed in Washington, D.C.

Admiral Thomas received her Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership in 1993 from TROY and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy.

Since graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1984, Admiral Thomas has served aboard the cutters Vigorous and Valiant and commanded the cutter Manitou. Some of her other operational assignments included Group-Air Station Atlantic City and as plank owner and commander, Sector Miami, Response Operations.

Admiral Thomas also served in the Enlisted Personnel Division of the Personnel Command, as a Program Reviewer at Headquarters, the Executive Assistant to the Atlantic Area, Fifth District and Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic Commanders and the Atlantic Area Resource Director.

She also graduated with distinction from the Naval War College with a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Her awards include five Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Service Commendation Medal and four Coast Guard Commendation Medals among many other personal, unit and campaign awards. She earned permanent cutterman status in 1994.

Troy University, headquartered in Troy, Ala., operates four campuses in Alabama and some 60 locations in 15 U.S. states and 12 countries outside the United States and one U.S. territory.