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Graduation celebrations and hooding ceremonies

AUGUSTA, Ga. – More than 1,000 students are expected to participate in Georgia Regents University’s commencement exercises on May 8, at 2 p.m. at the James Brown Arena.

This year’s commencement speaker will be Jane Chen, a TED Senior Fellow and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise that developed an innovative baby incubator solution designed to address infant mortality in developing countries.

Each of GRU’s nine colleges will hold year-end ceremonies as follows:

  • College of Science and Mathematics Graduation Reception, 10 a.m., May 8, Science Hall Atrium, Summerville Campus; Psychology Hooding Ceremony, 6:30 p.m., May 7, The Pinnacle Club, 699 Broad Street
  • Medical College of Georgia Hooding Ceremony, 2 p.m., May 7, The Augusta Convention Center, 2 10th St.
  • College of Nursing Convocation , 3 p.m., May 7, GRU Christenberry Fieldhouse
  • College of Education, 4:30 p.m., May 7, Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom
  • College of Allied Health Sciences Hooding and Honors Ceremony; 6 p.m., May 7, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.
  • Hull College of Business Graduation Reception, 6 p.m., May 7, Allgood Hall North Stairwell, Summerville Campus
  • College of Graduate Studies Hooding Ceremony, 8 a.m., May 8, Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road
  • Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Graduation Celebration; 9 a.m., May 8, GRU Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom, Summerville Campus; ROTC Officer Commissioning Ceremony, 1 p.m., May 7, GRU Maxwell Theatre, Summerville Campus
  • College of Dental Medicine Hooding Ceremony, 10 a.m., May 8, First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way

GRU’s Student Government Association will also hold an Undergraduate Ceremony at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, in the GRU Summerville Quad on the Summerville Campus.

For more information on graduation activities, call GRU’s Division of Enrollment and Student Affairs at 706-721-1411, or visit gru.edu/students/graduation/

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Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution.  gru.edu

 

GRU finishes 5th in Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Competition

Written by contributing writer Lt. Col. Jessica Cranford, Chair of Georgia Regents University’s Department of Military Science.

DSC01298Georgia Regents University’s ROTC cadets traveled to Camp Blanding, Fla., on Jan. 22 to compete in the Annual 6th Brigade Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Competition.

Two GRU teams competed against 54 other Army ROTC teams from 39 ROTC programs in universities throughout Alabama, Florida, gru rotc climbingGeorgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Puerto Rico.  The competition included events like weapons qualification, obstacle course, and scenario-based critical and creative thinking challenges.

DSC01328Over the course of the two-day event, teams walked and ran nearly 30 miles in the physically and mentally grueling competition. Of 56 competing teams, the first GRU team finished fifth overall. The second team finished among the top teams and departed the competition with the experience and knowledge to excel at the competition next year.

In addition to their overall accomplishments and ranking in the competition, the GRU teams were awarded the coveted Ranger Challenge Warrior Spirit Stick. The Spirit Stick is awarded to theDSC_0228 school that best represents the Warrior Ethos: “I will always place the mission first.  I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade.”

We are Jaguar Spirit, Jaguar Strong!

ROTC students participate in combat water survival training

By:  Lt. Col. Jessica Cranford, Contributing writer and Chair of Georgia Regents University’s Department of Military Science

On Thursday, Jan. 15, cadets in Georgia Regents University’s Department of Military Science participated in Combat Water Survival Training exercises held on Fort Gordon.

This training included jumping from a three-meter diving board, blind folded with a mock rifle, swimming 15 meters in uniform with gear on to include rifle, and removal of equipment belt while underwater.  Additionally, students were required to swim for 10 minutes and tread water for five minutes.

This exercise is required for students attending ROTC summer training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, as well as those scheduled to graduate this May and be commission into the U.S. Army as second lieutenants.

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GRU’s ROTC program not closing

Leadership ExcellenceThe United States Army recently announced its decision to postpone the closure of Georgia Regents University’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program. The university will be on a two-year probationary status, after which the Army will re-evaluate the closure.

“We are happy that this is the decision being taken. We are extremely grateful to our congressman, senators, and governor who worked so hard on our behalf to save this program, one of the best in the country,” said President Ricardo Azziz. “With the information provided by the Army, we can help craft an even better ROTC program at Georgia Regents University.”

Lt. Col. William Cantrell, who has been the chairman of GRU’s Department of Military Science since 2011, said the Army’s decision to keep GRU’s ROTC program will have great benefits for the university and community.

“The Army’s decision to hold off on closing our ROTC program is wonderful news for the university and for the cadets,” said Cantrell. “So, as we move forward, it will take a corporate effort from the university administration, faculty, students, and community to support the program as we become stronger and continue thriving in the future.”

U.S. Congressman John Barrow released the following statement after working with the U.S. Army on alternatives to closing the ROTC Program at GRU:

“The ROTC program at GRU was named the best program in the country, so shutting it down just doesn’t make any sense. Working together, we were able to preserve this program and give them time to show the Army why the GRU ROTC program is the last program that should be eliminated, not the first. I’m very pleased with the Army’s decision and even more excited for the students who will now be able to attend GRU on ROTC scholarships. The entire community deserves thanks for speaking out to save this program, and I look forward to working with them to see that it stays.”

Over the past three years, the GRU program has commissioned 38 cadets into the military. The university’s ROTC cadre (Jaguar Battalion) and Cadets were recognized this past year for their excellence in leadership in the nation among universities when they were named Battalion of the Year at the annual U.S. Army Cadet Command 6th Brigade Headquarters.

Georgia Regents University’s ROTC program not closing

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AUGUSTA, Ga.- The United States Army recently announced its decision to postpone the closure of Georgia Regents University’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program, and place the university on a two-year probationary status, after which they would re-evaluate the closure.

“We are happy that this is the decision being taken. We are extremely grateful to our Congressman, Senators, and Governor who worked so hard on our behalf to save this program, one of the best in the country,” said GRU President Ricardo Azziz. “With the information provided by the Army we can help craft an even better ROTC program at Georgia Regents University.”

Lt. Col. William Cantrell, who has been the chair of GRU’s Department of Military Science since 2011, said the Army’s decision to keep GRU’s ROTC program will have great benefits for the university and community.

“The Army’s decision to hold off on closing our ROTC program is wonderful news for the university and for the cadets,” said Cantrell. “So, as we move forward, it will take a corporate effort from the university administration, faculty, students, and community to support the program as we become stronger and continue thriving in the future.”

U.S. Congressman John Barrow released the following statement after working with the U.S. Army on alternatives to closing the ROTC Program at GRU.

“The ROTC program at GRU was named the best program in the country, so shutting it down just doesn’t make any sense,” said Congressman Barrow. “Working together, we were able to preserve this program and give them time show the Army why the GRU ROTC program is the last program that should be eliminated, not the first. I’m very pleased with the Army’s decision and even more excited for the students who will now be able to attend GRU on ROTC scholarships. The entire community deserves thanks for speaking out to save this program, and I look forward to working with them to see that it stays.”

Over the past three years, the GRU program has commissioned 38 cadets into the military. The university’s ROTC cadre (Jaguar Battalion) and Cadets were recognized this past year for their excellence in leadership in the nation among universities when they were named Battalion of the Year at the annual U.S. Army Cadet Command 6th Brigade Headquarters.

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Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution.  http://www.gru.edu

Rivera named top ROTC instructor in nation

Rivera named Instructor of the Year for the U.S. Army ROTC program
Rivera named Instructor of the Year for the U.S. Army ROTC program

 

AUGUSTA, Ga.- Capt. Pedro Rivera, Assistant Professor in the Georgia Regents University Department of Military Science, has been named Instructor of the Year for the U.S. Army ROTC program. He will receive the Colonel Leo A. Codd Memorial Award  during the Sixth Brigade ROTC Field Training Exercises awards ceremony April 7 at Fort Gordon.

“I am truly honored to be receiving this award, because I love what I do, and I know the entire Military Science department truly cares about cultivating the future of our armed forces,” said Rivera.

Rivera was nominated by GRU’s Jaguar Battalion and selected out of instructors from 270 host intuitions for his teaching performance, civilian activities and contributions to the national ROTC unit.

“Capt. Rivera displays the excellence we instill in our cadets,” said Lt. Col. Keith Cantrell, Chair of the Military Science Department. “We are proud of the work he does in preparing our cadets, and he is truly worthy of this award.”

In addition to this achievement, the Army has promoted Rivera to major and selected him to participate in the Army’s highly competitive Intermediate Level of Education. Also an Armor Officer, Rivera recently served as the Company Commander of C Company, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2BCT 4th ID.

He wears the Parachutist Badge, the Drill Sergeant Badge and Combat Action Badge. He is also a graduate of the University of Louisville.

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Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution.  http://www.gru.edu