APU's ROTC graduating cadets were honored at the commissioning ceremony.
APU's ROTC graduating cadets were honored at the commissioning ceremony.

APU Honors Graduating Veterans and Cadets

by Abigail E. Peck

Azusa Pacific University’s Military and Veteran Services honored 42 veterans, 7 cadets, and 5 Ahmanson scholars at a commissioning service on Thursday, April 27, marking their graduation and the journey ahead as military officers and leaders in their field of study, all equipped to make a difference at home and abroad.

Each honoree received a graduation cord unique to the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and veterans of the United States Armed Forces and a challenge coin bearing APU’s insignia. Custom designed, the medallion’s front presents an American flag and the words inscribed, “APU Cougars, choose the right path, lead the way.” The other side features APU’s emblem and reads, “Honoring our veterans' service and sacrifice.”

Those in attendance graduating with their bachelor's degrees, included ROTC Cadets Alexander Kircher, Munchul Park, Noah Pena, Alec Shoffeit, Serena Spry, Parker Tamura, and Michael Yoo, veterans Aurelio Sanchez, United States Navy, Bryan Brewer, United States Marine Corp, Chan Park, United States Army, Naomi Gomez, United States Air Force, and Zamayra Thomas, United States Air Force,and Ahmanson scholars who receive scholarships for up to $3,000, James Colglazier, Cameron Frazier, Julian Johnson, Sophia Choi, and Karolyn Vansickle.

“The event gave us the opportunity to honor our military graduates and to commemorate their commitment to our country,” said Everette Brooks III, MBA, CP-FS, executive director of Military and Veteran Services. “It is my hope that these students will carry APU’s core values with them wherever they serve, whether on the front lines, in a boardroom, or in a classroom.”

Abigail E. Peck '18 is a public relations intern in the Office of University Relations. She is a public relations major and leadership minor.