On Saturday afternoon following the Baccalaureate Service, the University honored three graduating students who were commissioned as officers in the armed forces, six military veterans who are among the 2015 graduates, and Brown alumni who were killed in action in Vietnam.
About a year ago, a group of student veterans at Brown met with Richard Locke, director of the Watson Institute, to brainstorm how to better address veterans’ issues and integrate veterans into Brown’s campus, socially and academically. They discussed several initiatives, and landed on the idea of opening up a study space for veterans at Watson.
Following a contentious debate, faculty members voted 35-29 in favor of developing new partnerships with Navy ROTC and Air Force ROTC units based at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The new association with Holy Cross will build upon existing Navy ROTC partnerships with other institutions in the Boston area, as well as existing Army ROTC partnerships with Providence College and Bryant University.
President Paxson addressed onlookers near the wreath placed at the war memorial in the Ruth J. Simmons Quad on Veterans Day. Also speaking at the event were incoming Providence mayor Jorge Elorza, veteran Philip Crean ’15 and Ted Lowe ’49, civilian aid to the Secretary of the Army. U.S. Army Major Michael Moricas also swore in ROTC cadet Jonathan Davis ’16.
For the first time, Brown has been designated as a "Military Friendly School" by GI Job magazine. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are supporting the educational pursuits of veterans.