Recently the Hamilton campus was the site for a new twist to those services as it hosted the program’s first “Green Zone Grads” recognition ceremony for graduates from both this school year and the coronavirus-impacted 2020, who missed out on having in-person commencements.
The late April gathering, which included refreshments and snacks, saw the presentation of graduation honor cords and coins in front of faculty, family and friends. Graduates will also participate in commencement ceremonies on the main Oxford campus.
“As military members, veterans are accustomed to the ceremony. Miami University has a special Military Honor Cord for graduating student veterans to wear with their traditional cap and gown at graduation. The Regional Student Veterans Association wanted to establish a special annual tradition and ceremony,” said Syron.
Hamilton native Becky Ortman, a 2020 graduate of Miami University Regionals nursing program, comes from a military family and appreciated the help offered by the campus office during her undergraduate studies.
Ortman served in the Ohio Army National Guard for 15 years, stepping down at the rank of staff sergeant in 2020 to focus on her nursing career.
Mixing classes with military service can be challenging. But Ortman credits Miami Regionals faculty for their willingness to work with her to accommodate her schedule.
“The Veterans Center provided a place for me to meet and connect with other veterans. Having other people who understand your background and experience as a soldier was comforting,” said Ortman.