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USD Openly Celebrates Veterans Day

Friday, November 8, 2013

Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11, a time when the nation will celebrate and honor all military men and women, recognizing those who have served their country, shown their patriotism and made sacrifices in order to protect America’s freedoms.

Government offices and many public service companies and organizations are closed in observance of this day. While many schools take the day off, the University of San Diego, a private Roman Catholic institution of higher learning, is open and classes are held as scheduled on campus.

The university, which has hundreds of military veteran students and family members of veterans who attend, is not alone. There are other universities across the country who are also open.

That does not mean that USD isn’t supportive of Veterans Day — quite the contrary. At USD, there are a number of veterans who are students, staff, faculty and administration, including USD President Mary E. Lyons, PhD, who retired in 1996 as a Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve, concluding a 25-year service stint.

The university will host a Veterans Day ceremony to salute all military veterans past and present on Monday at 11 a.m. in the Camino Courtyard between Founders and Camino halls.

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Commanding Officer, Captain Patrick Rabun, said Monday’s program will occur in front of a large tree that was planted in the center of the courtyard and was dedicated with a plaque on March 28, 1973 in memory of military officers killed in action and others who served in Indochina.

The Veterans Day program is one of many ways in which USD is a military-friendly campus. The university regularly attracts students who have served their country. You’ll find veteran students enrolled in just about every school on campus, from nursing, leadership and education, and business to engineering, as undergrads and attending law and graduate school programs. USD has staff, special programs and resources in place to give veterans the help they need and the opportunity to fulfill their education aspirations.

One key USD staff member is Veteran Student Services Coordinator Laura Paquian, who spent 30 years of active duty in the Navy and retired as a Navy Counselor Master Chief. She works specifically with veteran students and their families through USD’s One-Stop Student Center. She can be reached by email at

— Ryan T. Blystone

Here are links for veterans interested to learn more about USD and its available services:

Undergraduate Admissions/Resources

Graduate Admissions/Resources

Veteran Affairs Office


Naval ROTC

Career Services

One-Stop Student Center

USD Veterans Legal Clinic — Initiative to Protect Student Veterans

Student Veteran Organization

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