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University Honors Cadets as They Make the Commitment to Serve
Twenty-three U.S. Army and six U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets were recognized virtually this week as they became the next generation of military leaders.
While Syracuse University usually holds an annual commissioning ceremony, this year’s event which was to be held in the new National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC), transitioned to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chancellor Kent Syverud and U.S. Army veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Gary Beikirch prepared recorded remarks for the cadets.
“This year’s commissioning cadets have shown tremendous leadership skills, dedication and perseverance during their college careers. They leave the University fully prepared to honorably lead and protect our nation’s defense,” says retired Col. Ron Novack, executive director of the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs at Syracuse University. “Our ROTC programs are an important piece of the University’s promise to be the best place for veterans and military-connected students. We are proud of these newly commissioned second lieutenants and are confident that they will make Syracuse University and our country proud in their military careers.”
The cadets graduated from five area colleges and universities: Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, Utica College, the SUNY College at Oswego and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
In keeping with its commitment to service, Syracuse University boasts the longest continuously running ROTC program in the country.