Publish Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2022 23:52:31 -0700
Veteran students who help make up Crafton Hills College’s Class of 2022 were recognized at a small, but lively ceremony on May 17.
Hosted by the Veterans Resource Center, the event was planned to honor not only each grad’s academic achievements, but their service to our country.
“These are the veterans who stuck around through COVID, and because of their hard work, we are here today,” remarked Steven Rush, the VRC services coordinator, to kick off the celebration.
Lisa Mills, a VRC counselor, and Cody Long, a mental health counselor at the center, each took turns to say a little bit about each graduate before they were handed a customized stole and cords to wear during Crafton’s campus-wide commencement ceremony on May 25.
Graduate attendees included Michael Hendrix, a Marine Corps veteran focused on business administration and a VRC regular, and Steve Rodriquez, an Army veteran studying radiologic technology and recently accepted into a rad tech program to continue his studies.
Also recognized was Jose Aaron Rosales, a fellow Marine vet who was just accepted into Harvard University to study medicine, and Sebastian Romeropreciado, also a Marine transferring to Cal Poly Pomona to continue pursuing his degree in computer science.
“The obstacles you overcame were immense,” said CHC President Kevin Horan. “As you know as veterans, ceremonies are important. We are pleased at this accomplishment, and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you.”
Located next to Campus Police, the Veterans Resource Center supports veterans and their dependents in utilizing educational services available to them. In addition, the center provides work study opportunities, counseling, personal and professional development workshops and career exploration and guidance.
To learn more, go to www.craftonhills.edu/veterans or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.