Parents and friends from across Atlanta witnessed as young men and women in the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) took the oath and received their commissions as officers during a joint ceremony at Georgia Tech on May 3.
Fifteen Georgia Tech ROTC students were joined by those from Emory University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Morehouse College, and Southern Polytechnic State University who attended ROTC training at Georgia Tech. Six cadets were commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army, three midshipmen were commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Marine Corps, nine midshipmen were commissioned as Ensigns in the United States Navy, and ten cadets were commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force. Following the oath of office, each commissionee received the traditional First Salute.
These new officers will begin careers or enter further training in various military realms including the infantry, pilot training, nuclear submarine school, surface warfare, cyberspace operations, human resources, information warfare, The Basic School, JAG, and the Corps of Engineers.
The guest speaker for the program was Georgia Tech alumnus (Industrial Management, 1962) Major General Larry Taylor, USMC (Ret.) a benefactor of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. ROTC is a unit of the College and Dean Jacqueline Royster was among the attendees. Also present were Major General Richard "Buck" Marr, USAF (Ret.), Brigadier General Kenneth Roberts, USA (Ret.) who is the father of Cadet Daniel Roberts.