TROY – For more than 600 Troy University students, Friday’s commencement ceremonies mark the milestone of college graduation and the start of new experiences.
Seven TROY students, however, know their course is set for at least the next four years when they will commission as second lieutenants at 2 p.m. in the Trojan Center Theatre. Commencement begins at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall.
“This is a great event that marks the transition of Troy University students from Cadet to Second Lieutenant,” said Major James Holder, chairman of the Department of Military Sciences. “These newly commissioned officers have displayed the leadership required to lead Soldiers in today’s Army. We are very proud and honored to welcome them into the Army’s Officer Corps.”
The commissioning ceremony’s keynote speaker is Major General M. Roger Peterson USAF (Ret.). General Peterson is a command pilot and served as assistant deputy chief of staff for logistics and engineering, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. before his retirement in 1984.
His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with oak leaf cluster.
TROY students commissioning on Friday are:
Juana Carroll, a criminal justice major and native of Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, will assess as Active Duty Army into the branch of Medical Service.
Gerald Clements, a criminal justice major from Dothan, will assess into the Alabama Army National Guard and will retain the rank of second lieutenant in the branch of Military Intelligence.
Craig Flowers, a human services major from Brundidge, will assess into the Alabama Army National Guard and will retain the rank of second lieutenant in the branch of Ordnance.
Travis Hawkins, a criminal justice major from Garber, OK, will assess as Active Duty Army into the branch of Adjutant General.
Ramon Leonguerrero, a mathematics major from Enterprise, will assess as Active Duty Army into the branch of Field Artillery.
Nicholas McSween, a nursing major from Anchorage, AK, will assess as Active Duty Army and upon national nursing certification will assess into the Nurse Corp.
Justin Shaw, a business administration major from Dothan, will assess as Active Duty Army into Military Intelligence with a branch detail of Armor.