Campus ROTC programs celebrate service and prepare for graduation

Air Force and Army cadets get ready for commissioning ceremonies and graduation

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Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Roosevelt Mercer, vice president and director of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for ITT Space Systems Division, in Rochester, served as keynote speaker for the RIT Air Force ROTC Detachment 538 Blue Tigers’ annual military ball. More then 150 guests attended the event, one of several that mark the completion of the academic year for the cadets training to enter the Air Force as second lieutenants after graduation.

The Army and Air Force ROTC programs at RIT will host their respective commissioning ceremonies graduation weekend, May 21-23. The events will culminate the completion of military science programs for the graduating cadets before military assignments are distributed.

The Army ROTC Tiger Battalion holds its commissioning ceremony at 1 p.m. May 21 in Ingle Auditorium in the Student Alumni Union. A reception will follow at 2 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge.

The commissioning ceremony for the Air Force Detachment 538 Blue Tigers takes place at 1:30 p.m. May 23 in the Golisano Auditorium in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. The detachment will host a reception immediately following the formal ceremony.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend both events.