Today, graduating Carolina Veterans and commissioning ROTC cadets were honored by the University not only for their many academic achievements but their service, past or future, to our country. “We are proud of what you do and we depend as a nation on what you do,” remarked Chancellor Carol L. Folt. Service was the major theme of this year’s event, and Chancellor Folt noted that a belief in service is embedded in the University’s history.
In her comments about student veterans, Chancellor Folt highlighted Carolina Veterans Organization as an example of how service remains an important aspect of veterans’ lives and shared the details of two of our most significant service projects. Speaking on behalf of the University, she said to each military-affiliated student, “Thank you.”
Graduating Air Force ROTC cadet William Collette spoke about his childhood heroes — the characters from “Band of Brothers” and the film Black Hawk Down. He explained how they exemplified courage and service before self, inspiring him to pursue a military career.
Following the presentation of cords to the 34 military graduates in attendance, graduating CVO President Jacob Hinton gave remarks encouraging his fellow military-affiliated students to go make a difference in the world by utilizing the combined skills of military experience and a Carolina degree.