Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Veterans walking in Clover Park Technical College’s graduation on June 19 will receive veteran honor chords honoring their service and dedication to higher education. CPTC is the fourth school in Washington to recognize veteran students at graduation.
Veteran honor chords will be given out at the same time as other honor chords before graduation.
“It was a totally student-driven initiative,” said Hope Stout, access services and veterans resource center coordinator at CPTC.
Randolph Holt, a computer networking and information systems security student, and Jonathan Wagner, a chemical dependency specialist student, were at the forefront of the effort to include veteran honor chords in graduation ceremonies.
Holt is the president of the CPTC Veteran Students Association. Wagner is also a member and has been involved since the fall.
“We’ve been through it and we want to help others get through it better than we did,” Holt said.
Holt and Wagner both said it is a priority for the Veteran Students Association to raise awareness about the veteran population on campus.
“They sacrificed and served our country,” Wagner said. “Why not offer this token of appreciation?”
Holt and Wagner said members of the Veterans Association also want to increase support for veterans.
“They’re walking into a community that doesn’t necessarily understand their experiences,” Stout said. “We want to make sure they understand they’re not alone.”
Evergreen State College and Eastern Washington University recognize veteran students with honor chords. The University of Washington Tacoma will include the chords in their ceremony for the first time this year.