Paying Tribute To Those Who Wore The Uniform

University Community Gathers to Honor Veterans and Their Families

The Kent State community paused from classes and work Nov. 10 to gather on the Student Green at Risman Plaza and show their respect as part of Veterans Day. (Note: Kent State and many other universities hold services on the day preceding Veterans Day as the university is closed for the federal holiday.) 

Soldiers saluting at Veteran's Day ceremony

Kent State President Todd Diacon welcomed those in attendance to the program titled “Honoring All Those Who Serve,” which included a flag-raising ceremony conducted by a joint color guard from Kent State’s Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC programs. Tim Coyne, senior business manager for Kent State’s Division of Student Affairs, served as bugler while the national anthem was performed by student Elyse McCullough. 

Maureen McFarland, Ph.D., a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and associate dean of academic affairs for the College of Aeronautics and Engineering at Kent State, served as emcee. 

N. J. Akbar, Ph.D., who served in the U.S. Army and is currently the associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Kent State, delivered the keynote address to several hundred people in attendance.

N.J. Akbar speaking at Veteran's Day ceremony

Visit Kent State's Center for Adult and Veteran Services to learn more about how the university supports veterans. 

Earlier this year, Kent State exemplified its leadership in its mission to support students as the Kent Campus was designated a Military Friendly® School for the 13th consecutive year, earning a Gold award. In addition, Kent State University at Trumbull earned a Silver award.

POSTED: Thursday, November 10, 2022 11:42 AM
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2022 07:10 PM