The men and women who bravely served their country were honored in a special way at Clayton State University last week. The Veterans Resource Center held its first-ever veterans graduation ceremony on April 17 to commemorate the academic achievements of military students.
“To have an opportunity to showcase thanks and support to those who are achieving higher education while serving our country is such a good thing,” said Kiara Dees, president of the Student Veterans Association who is currently serving in the United States Army Reserve.
More than a dozen student veterans and servicemembers from nearly every branch of the Armed Services received a certificate commemorating their academic merit and military service.
They also received a red, white and blue honor cord to wear with their academic regalia.
The honor cord recognizes those who are part of the SALUTE National Honor Society, which was formed in 2009 to recognize veterans and service members who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance.
SALUTE stands for service, academics, leadership, unity, tribute and excellence.
“Today is very special to me because a lot of the service men and women, we are used to giving and not asking much in return,” said Genard Williams, a 2017 MBA Supply Chain Management graduate who served eight years in the Army National Guard. “So it was an honor for someone to finally start recognizing veterans for their achievement and their accomplishments.”
The veterans graduation ceremony was made possible by funds donated during Give 4 Dreams, Clayton State University’s annual day of giving held in March.