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

Apr 15, 2013

April 15, 2013 Twelve students to serve in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy SALT LAKE CITY - Each year a handful of Westminster students not only graduate from the college, but also receive commissions as officers in several branches of the U.S. armed forces. While working on their academic degrees at Westminster, these students also participated in crosstown Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at the University of Utah. This year, 12 students will receive officer commissions through the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy ROTC programs. Upon graduation and commissioning, these students will go on to serve in their respective branch of service. ROTC students attend college like other students, but also receive military and officer training through their respective ROTC programs. Students participate in regular drills during the school year and extended training activities during the summer. Upon graduation, the ROTC units conduct commissioning ceremonies where students are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marines, or ensigns in the U.S. Navy. Nationwide, ROTC graduates comprise approximately 30 percent of all active-duty officers in the Department of Defense. The following Westminster students will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army on May 4 at 2 p.m. in the Huntsman Cancer Institute auditorium:
  • 2ndLt. Jacob Arthur
  • 2ndLt. Clayton Bender
  • 2ndLt. Spencer Hatch
  • 2ndLt. Ryan Partridge
  • 2ndLt. Marne Rilloraza
  • 2ndLt. Tyler Smith
  • 2ndLt. Nicole Willis
  • 2ndLt. Gabrielle Villalobos
The following Westminster students will be commissioned as ensigns in the U.S. Navy on May 4 at 11 a.m. at the Utah Capitol Building:
  • Ensign Shay Johnson
  • Ensign Megan Sadekian
  • Ensign Christopher Sorrentino
  • Ensign Douglas Vogel

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About Westminster

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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