With her graduation this month, Rachel Pray becomes the first in her family to forge a career in both military service and medical care. Originally from central Massachusetts, Cadet Pray was inspired to join the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer…
Syracuse University Graduates Over 200 Military-Connected Students
This semester, a total of 208 students with military ties representing all branches of the U.S. military earned their Syracuse University diplomas. The graduates include 99 veterans, 35 currently serving military members, and 59 family members and dependents. Forty-six students earned dual degrees.
Graduates were recognized with recorded messages from previous military-connected graduates, Vice Chancellor and Institute for Veteran and Military Families Executive Director Dr. Mike Haynie and Syracuse alumna and U.S. Army Lieutenant Color Theresa Cross, ’99.
The University normally holds a student veteran commencement each May. This year’s in-person event in the new National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) was transitioned to a virtual format because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Graduates are expected to be recognized on campus once in-person instruction is deemed safe to resume in the fall.