USD's Military and Veterans Program Honors 2019 Graduates

USD's Military and Veterans Program Honors 2019 Graduates

A windy, overcast Thursday in San Diego was no match for the festive elements on display aboard the USS Midway as the University of San Diego's Military and Veterans Program (MVP) held a recognition ceremony to honor 45 military-connected men and women who will be among 219 military-connected graduates taking part in USD's Commencement exercises later this month.

MVP Grad 2019 Ceremony

Amanda Etter, MVP director and a military veteran herself, and her staff delivered a truly special ceremony for USD's graduating students who are receiving bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Etter stated that USD currently has 782 students at USD who identify as military-connected, which includes veterans, active duty and military family dependents. 

Aboard the USS Midway in downtown San Diego for the second straight year, the program featured a stirring rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner, then remarks from Etter, USD President James T. Harris III, keynote speaker, Retired Marine Corps Colonel and current USD Board of Trustees member Daniel C. Herbert '82, '86, undergraduate graduate Andrew Christensen '19 and graduate student Austin Galy '16, '19.

The presentation of special graduation stoles took place as Etter draped them around each graduate's neck and they were congratulated by President Harris and Herbert.

Etter took the opportunity to express public thanks to a few strong partnerships that MVP has formed across campus.

Etter honored USD's Career Development Center for its work with military-connected students. She expressed gratitude to Kacy Kilner Hayes, assistant dean of graduate programs in USD's School of Business for helping her secure a USD Envisioning 2024 Strategic Initiative funding award to launch a USD Military Hub. Etter also thanked USD's Foundation Relations Senior Director Annette Ketner for her and her team's unwavering support of the MVP program.

To learn more about the Military and Veterans Program at USD, please visit its website

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