Westminster Students to be Commissioned as Officers in the U.S. Armed Forces

Apr 12, 2016

April 13, 2016 Twelve cadets and midshipmen to commission through ROTC programs this year SALT LAKE CITY - This year, 12 Westminster College students will receive their commissions as officers in the U.S. Armed Forces. While working on their academic degrees at Westminster, these students have participated in crosstown Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at the University of Utah. "I am very proud of all of our ROTC cadets and midshipmen who will graduate and serve their country in the U.S. Army and Navy," said Stephen Morgan, Westminster president. "As our future military leaders, I'm confident these students will go on to do great things and make Westminster proud." These students will receive officer commissions through the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy ROTC programs. Upon graduation and commissioning, they will go on to serve in their respective branch of service. Similar to other college students, students in ROTC attend college but also receive leadership training through their respective ROTC programs. Students participate in regular leadership courses and leadership labs during the school year and extended training activities during the summer. Upon college graduation, the ROTC units conduct commissioning ceremonies where students officially become second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marines, or ensigns in the U.S. Navy. They will go on to become leaders in this nation's military with extensive responsibilities. The following Westminster students will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army on May 7, at 2 p.m., in the Hall of Governors at the State Capitol Building: Army ROTC
  • 2nd Lt. Madison Anderson
  • 2nd Lt. Ethan Gosselin
  • 2nd Lt. Lauren Jensen
  • 2nd Lt. Travis Nelson
  • 2nd Lt. Hanna Peck**
  • 2nd Lt. Nicholas Uhlmeyer*
  • 2nd Lt. Arielle Weeks**
The following Westminster students will be commissioned as ensigns in the U.S. Navy on May 6, at 11 a.m., in the Hall of Governors at the State Capitol Building: Navy ROTC
  • Ensign Erica Bender
  • Ensign Mckenna Craig
  • Ensign Jose Gonzalez
  • Ensign Hamilton Stoddard
  • Ensign Ashley Taylor
*Student will graduate in August 2016 **Student graduated in December 2015

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Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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