Marquette University Commissions ROTC Students
May 18, 2005
In a joint ceremony, Marquette University's Army, Navy, Marine
Corps and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
students will be honored at the 51 st Annual Spring Commissioning
Ceremony and Reception on Saturday, May 21 at the Weasler
Auditorium, adjacent to the Alumni Memorial Union.
This ceremony will formally commission the 35 graduating
seniors in the ROTC programs as second lieutenants and ensigns.
This year's program marks the 51 st Anniversary of
Marquette University's Annual Spring Commissioning Ceremony
The commissioning program's guest of honor will be Rear Admiral
Gerald R. Beaman, commander of naval network and space operations
command. Rear Admiral Beaman graduated from Marquette's College
of Business in 1974 and was commissioned as an ensign through
the Naval ROTC program. During his impressive career
serving the country, he spent more than 25 years in various
naval positions and three years as a special agent with the
Federal Bureau of Investigation. Rear Admiral Beaman
has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours and 1,050 carrier
landings. He wears the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious
Service Medal, the Strike/Flight Air Medal (2), the Navy Commendation
Medal (3), the Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit, campaign
and service awards.
Also giving remarks at the program are Rev. Robert A. Wild,
S.J., president of Marquette University, the
chairs and commanding officers of the individual ROTC programs,
and Michael McKinney, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
and will include music from the U.S. Naval Band, Great Lakes.
Some students will be available for interviews after
the ceremony takes place. Many of the individuals who
are being commissioned have already been informed of their
Marquette University's ROTC tradition dates back to the 1940s,
when the Navy unit was established on campus in accord with
the national spirit of being ready in the event of a serious
emergency. Marquette was the twelfth program to
be established in the country and the first to be formed at
a Catholic university.
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