MTSU honors student-veterans Aug. 5 at second Graduating Senior Stole Ceremony

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MTSU senior Cynthia Thomas, second from left, was among 40 student veterans recognized during the first Graduating Veterans Stole Ceremony in the Tom H. Jackson Building's Cantrell Hall in this file photo. Thomas is shown with university President Sidney A. McPhee, left, Provost Brad Bartel and retired Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber, MTSU's senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

Nearly 35 MTSU student-veterans awaiting commencement later this week will be recognized at the second Graduating Senior Stole Ceremony.

The event will be held starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building. The public and MTSU community are invited. To find parking and building location on the west side of campus, a printable campus map is available at

University President Sidney A. McPhee, Provost Brad Bartel and Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for Veterans and Leadership Initiatives, will preside at the ceremony, instituted in the spring to honor graduating veterans.


"The Stole Ceremony demonstrates a clear commitment to recognize and appreciate the selfless service and sacrifice of our veterans and their precious families," said Huber, a former U.S. Army lieutenant general who served nearly 40 years in active duty.

"This Stole Ceremony is quickly becoming a tradition symbolizing academic achievement and service," Huber added.


Also during the ceremony, officials will unveil a rendering and share renovation details of the planned 2,600-square-foot Veterans and Military Family Center to be housed inside Keathley University Center this fall.

Family and friends will join the student-veterans at the ceremony.

Commencement will be held starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in Hale Arena inside Murphy Center.

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