CLEMSON — Clemson University’s Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units will hold a joint ceremony to commission six second lieutenants at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Tillman Hall auditorium. Three students will receive commissions into the U.S. Army and three students will receive commissions into the U.S. Air Force.

The ceremony will feature guest speaker U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Brad Owens, director of the Joint Staff overseeing and directing the administration of all South Carolina National Guard Joint Staff programs supporting domestic response and homeland defense contingency operations. Owens is a Clemson alumnus with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering.

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 new 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 ceremony are:

United States Army

  • Robert Mitchell Gunter of Piedmont, majoring in civil engineering
  • Benjamin Wesley McCall of Greer, majoring in civil engineering
  • Allison Elizabeth Spagnoletti of Allison Park, Pennsylvania, majoring in food science and technology

United States Air Force

  • Eric Cutrer Baldwin of Morgan Hill, California, majoring in civil engineering
  • Daniel Barker Tayler of Aiken, majoring in mechanical engineering
  • Christopher Paul Wright of Charlotte, North Carolina, majoring in civil engineering