TROY – The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps will provide the keynote address at Troy University’s commencement on the Troy Campus on Dec. 14.
Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. will present diplomas to about 420 graduates during the ceremony that begins at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall.
General James T. Conway, a native of Walnut Ridge, Ark., became the 34th Marine Corps commandant on Nov. 13, 2006, after having served as director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A combat veteran, he commanded the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force from 2002-2004, commanding the force through two combat tours. Prior to that assignment, he commanded the 1st Marine Division. In 1990, he assumed command of Third Battalion, Second Division Marines leading Battalion Landing Team 3/2 during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
He has served as commanding officer of The Basic School and president of Marine Corps University at Quantico, Va.
General Conway’s personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with palm, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.
General Conway graduated with honors from The Basic School, the U.S. Army Infantry Officers Advanced Course, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Air War College. He is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University.