USD Military Celebration of Graduates to Take Place aboard USS Midway

New University of San Diego military-connected graduates will be recognized at a ceremony on the USS Midway on Thursday, May 9. The ceremony takes place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., followed by entertainment and refreshments until 4:30 p.m.

Graduates who will be awarded bachelor’s, master's and law degrees, will receive USD military and veteran program stoles to wear at commencement later this May. Some 200 students, friends, faculty, staff and community partners are expected to attend the event aboard the aircraft carrier.

More than 45 of the 200 USD military-connected students receiving degrees this spring are expected to attend the recognition ceremony. Military-connected students include active-duty, veterans, spouses, dependents and Reserve Officers Training Program (ROTC) members.

“We want to recognize the tremendous accomplishments of our military-connected graduates,” said USD Director of Military and Veterans Programs Amanda Etter. “In addition to their service, many of them have overcome the challenges of being first-generation college students and balancing family obligations and employment while pursuing a college degree.”

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The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Liz Harman
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