ROTC commissioning emphasizes military legacy

ROTC Commissioning

Nineteen students completed their ROTC commissioning inside the Hobson Performing Arts Center, embarking on a critical step in their journey.

Exactly 40 years after her ceremony at Campbell University, Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence reminded the exemplary graduates of key values: integrity, humility, and service.

“Campbell is the bedrock of the tenants you need to succeed. Leadership gave everything to make sure you succeeded,” said Gen. Lawrence.

The commissioning ceremony is a long-standing tradition for newly elected Second Lieutenants preparing for life in the U.S Military.

Campbell University has now deployed 1,190 cadets over the last 51 years. 

ROTC Commissioning

Family from across the country traveled to Buies Creek, N.C. to witness the official commissioning of these Second Lieutenants and Campbell University graduates.

One graduate, Martial Edoh, was pinned by his mother who traveled across the world from Benin, West Africa. Martial recently earned the Soldier for Life Scholarship, honoring a distinguished Campbell University student pursuing STEM.

Gen. Lawrence reminded the Campbell cadre to “bring the Camel charge,” an expression plastered all over the Campbell ROTC program.

These 19 Campbell University graduates include Fabrizio Anderson-Falconi, Kristopher Burgess, Amanda Dieken, Julian Dominguez, Martial Edoh, Andrei Fennimore, Joshua Garcia, Jake Gregory, Enyan He, Nelson Hernandez, Keylin Jackson, Kristopher Kozminski, Andrew Moon, Nina Sasche, Aaron Smith, Caitlin Smith, Jovanna Valentine, John Watkins and Jackson Weeks.

Each student was pinned by key members of their family featuring siblings, parents, children, significant others and fellow members of the military.

“What’s your legacy,” asked Gen. Lawrence, a retired U.S. Army CIO/G-6. “Leadership is about influence, impact, and service. Use that position to make a difference.”

Click here to rewatch the entire commissioning.