Graduating MTSU student veterans recognized during Stole Ceremony

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MTSU student veteran Ryan DeBooy, second from left, university President Sidney A. McPhee, left, Provost Brad Bartel and Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives, are shown during the fourth Graduating Veterans Stole Ceremony April 13 in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Nearly 50 student veterans were joined by family and friends and university administrators and staff for the budding tradition of recognizing them before graduation during the fourth Graduating Veterans Stole Ceremony Wednesday (April 13) in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building.

Keith M. Huber, MTSU senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives and retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, oversaw the ceremony.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, Provost Brad Bartel and Hilary Miller, director of the Veterans and Military Family Center in Keathley University Center, also provided congratulatory words to students.

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Starting with the first Stole Ceremony in May 2015, MTSU began to honor its graduating veterans with a formal ceremony. They receive red stoles to wear during graduation.

MTSU will have 114 student veterans, including several husband-and-wife tandems, graduating in May.

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For spring commencement, MTSU begins a new tradition with a separate ceremony for graduates from the College of Graduate Studies Friday, May 6.

Two commencement ceremonies for graduating seniors will be held at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7. For more information, visit http://www.mtsunews.com/graduation-info/.

For more information about the center and Stole Ceremonies, call 615-904-8347.

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