CLEMSON – Clemson University’s Army and Air Force ROTC units will hold a joint ceremony to commission 26 second lieutenants at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the Tillman Hall auditorium. Fifteen students will receive commissions into the U.S. Army and 11 students will receive commissions into the U.S. Air Force.

The ceremony will feature guest speaker Maj. Gen. James B. Linder, commander of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Linder received his commission as a field artillery officer from Clemson in 1983 and has served the majority of his 34-year career in Army Special Forces.

New officers receive their commissions at the December 2106 ceremony.

New officers receive their commissions at the December 2106 ceremony.
Image Credit: Ken Scar / Clemson University

Following the commissioning ceremony, the new lieutenants will participate in a Silver Dollar Salute ceremony at Military Heritage Plaza. The ceremony marks the first salute received by the officer from an enlisted member. As a sign of mutual respect, the officer presents the enlisted member with a silver dollar.

The commissioning candidates for the May ceremony are:

United States Army

  • Danielle C. Ayer of Charleston, majoring in Language and International Trade
  • Alexander R. Blanchard of Lorton, Virginia, majoring in Management
  • Michael P. Chaitovitz of Lorton, Virginia, majoring in Management
  • Ryan R. Cruciger of Concord, North Carolina, majoring in Political Science
  • Myles C. Dungan of Lumberton, New Jersey, majoring in Economics
  • Andrew T. Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in Financial Management
  • Haotian Liu of Clemson majoring in Computer Science
  • Raveen S. Mooney of Black Mountain, North Carolina, majoring in Biological Sciences
  • Sean P. Murphy of Chesapeake, Virginia, majoring in Mathematical Sciences
  • Matthew L. Neese of West Columbia, majoring in Industrial Engineering
  • Wesley D. Pike of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, majoring in Financial Management
  • Allen C. Robertson of Statesville, North Carolina, majoring in Accounting
  • Trenton J. Scates of Lawrenceville, Georgia, majoring in Management
  • Michael B. Simpson of Concord, North Carolina, majoring in Agricultural Mechanization & Business
  • Elizabeth Wilson of Haworth, New Jersey, majoring in Political Science

United States Air Force

  • Colin K. Bradley of Eldersburg, Maryland, majoring in Management
  • Alexander N. Clymer of Greenville, majoring in Financial Management
  • Jacob T. Erickson of Johns Creek, Georgia,, majoring in History
  • Jasmine M. Haynes of Sumter, majoring in Food Sciences and Human Nutrition
  • Cody J. Huggins of Starr, majoring in Management
  • Avery A. Joyce of Mount Pleasant, majoring in Computer Engineering
  • Sean E. Mac Lain of Hope Mills, North Carolina, majoring in History
  • Erin P. Pennell of Woodruff, majoring in Political Science and Economics
  • Alexander Y. Sferrella of Florence, majoring in Computer Science
  • Swain M. Spearman of Chapin, majoring in Nursing
  • Patrick D. Thornton of Falmouth, Maine, majoring in Management