As a Marine combat engineer with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, John Gibson’s job was to identify improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines, place and clear obstacles, lay out concertina wire and build bunkers. This essential, physical and tactile combat…
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.