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Liberty salutes its 2013 military graduates

Summer 2013 : Liberty University News Service

One of the pre-Commence-ment events unique to Liberty is its annual Military Graduate Recognition Ceremony, which was held in the Vines Center Friday night and hosted by Liberty’s Office of Military Affairs. Out of more than 15,000 graduates this year, 4,171 were military.

Maj. Gen. Robert F. Dees, retired, associate vice president for military outreach and director of the nation’s first faith-based Institute for Military Resilience at Liberty, delivered a charge to the graduates.

Each graduate was given a commemorative coin in recognition of both their service to the United States and for completing their degree.

Earlier in the day, Liberty held two special commissioning ceremonies for its Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs in the Towns-Alumni Lecture Hall. The Liberty Eagle Battalion Army ROTC and Liberty’s U.S. Air Force ROTC Detachment 890 each celebrated their graduating cadets as they were sworn in as second lieutenants in their respective branches.