Forty students in Clemson University’s Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps were honored at the Joint Ceremony.

Forty students in Clemson University’s Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps were honored at the Joint Ceremony.
Image Credit: Pete Martin / College of Science

CLEMSON – Five students from the College of Science took a U.S. Military Oath of Office followed by the Silver Dollar Salute during Clemson University’s Joint Commissioning Ceremony at Tillman Hall on Wednesday (May 9).

Forty students in Clemson University’s Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) were honored at the Joint Ceremony, which represented the culmination of years of study and effort necessary for a cadet to become a commissioned officer. This marked the transition from officer trainee to a leader of soldiers.

College of Science students commissioned into the U.S. Army were Catherine Bean, Sara Febbo, Savannah Oneacre and Spencer Persechino of the department of biological sciences. James Scheuer of the department of chemistry received a commission into the U.S. Air Force.

Special guests included Air Force General John W. Raymond, Major General (retired) Brian Neal, Brigadier General Brad Owens, Colonel (retired) Ben Skardon and Clemson President James P. Clements.

The Silver Dollar Salute is a time-honored tradition in the U.S. military. A brand-new Second Lieutenant hands a silver dollar to the first enlisted member who renders them a salute. This signifies the new officer’s deep sense of gratitude for the knowledge that enlisted members, especially non-commissioned officers, have passed on to them during training.