MU Brings Back Joint Services Ceremony
Cadets and midshipmen from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines donned their dress uniforms and mustered on the Francis Quadrangle the morning of May 5 to restart a military tradition at MU that dates to the 1860s. The Reserve Officer Training Corps Joint Services Pass in Review and Parade featured more than 250 graduates, six of whom received special honors.
Army Lt. Col. Gary Kerr, a professor of military science, spearheaded the effort to reintroduce the ceremony to campus, saying he hoped the event would benefit ROTC organizations on campus and the university community as a whole.
The graduates were grouped with their military branches and stood in front of the columns for an address by University of Missouri System President Mun Choi. Cadets Tariq Mack and E.J. Gelvin received distinguished military graduate awards; Cadets Brianne Caldwell and Emma Vickers won the Aerospace Science awards; and Midshipman Jakob Castleman was presented with the Marine Corps League Sword, and Midshipman John Lally received the St. Louis Navy League Sword.
Following the awards presentations, the cadets and midshipmen marched past the reviewing stand led by School of Music students playing flute and drums. A reception was held in Jesse Hall at the conclusion of the event.