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 50th Annual Spring Commissioning
Ceremony and Reception on Saturday, May 15 at the Weasler Auditorium,
adjacent to the Alumni Memorial Union.
This ceremony will formally commission the 34 graduating seniors
in the ROTC programs as second lieutenants and ensigns. This year's
program marks the 50th Anniversary of Marquette University's Annual
Spring Commissioning Ceremony and Reception.
The commissioning program's guest of honor will be Kerry Denson,
brigadier general of the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Denson
is Wisconsin 's deputy adjutant general for the Army. He commands
the Wisconsin Army National Guard and is responsible for both
its federal and state missions. 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 84 th Division army band.
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 duty assignments. This is
a great opportunity to put a local spin on our nation's current
involvement in Iraq.
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.