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Clarkson University Army ROTC Students Commissioned May 7

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Clarkson University Army ROTC battalion cadets were commissioned into the U.S. Army at the annual spring commissioning on May 7. This year, seven Clarkson students were commissioned into the U.S. Army and four students who will be commissioned in the near future were recognized. Army ROTC Students Commissioned May 7

The ceremony featured comments by Clarkson President Tony Collins, as well as guest speaker retired Lt. Gen. William Welser of the United States Air Force. Welser served for more than 34 years in the Air Force and is vice president, Air Mobility Systems, at Northrop Grumman.

The ceremony also included the swearing in of the new officers, the pinning on of their gold bars by family members, and the traditional first salute, known as the silver dollar salute.

Receiving their commissions and becoming second lieutenants in the Army were seniors Michael S. Crane, aeronautical engineering, Hampton, N.H.,; Richard J. Critchley, global supply chain management, Williamson, N.Y.; Hilary A. Frego, global supply chain management, Fort Riley, Kan.; Kerry W. Mitchell, history, Plymouth, Vt.; Dylan J. Morphet, civil engineering, Staatsburg, N.Y.; Justin A. Novoa, aeronautical engineering, Saugus, Calif.; and Matthew G. Wagner, global supply chain management, Lancaster, Pa. Brian P. Bierwirth, information systems and business processes, Clifton, Va., will be commissioned later this summer.

Also recognized and being commissioned in the upcoming weeks were SUNY Potsdam students Patrick J. Knight, philosophy, history, and political science, Vestal, N.Y.; Justin N. Westbrook, economics, Canton, N.Y.; and SUNY Canton student Gunnar Gramlich, emergency management, Fort Ann, N.Y.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University Army ROTC cadets were commissioned into the U.S. Army at the annual spring commissioning on May 7. Front row (left to right): Richard Critchley, Patrick Knight, Hillary Frego, and Kerry Mitchell. Back row: Dylan Morphet, Justin Novoa, Justin Westbrook, Brian Bierwirth, Matthew Wagner, Michael Crane, and Gunnar Gramlich.

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