CLEMSON — The Office of Student Transitions and Family Programs honored May and August graduation candidates from Clemson University’s student veteran population Wednesday in its annual Hail and Farewell Ceremony at the Hendrix Student Center.

Brennan Beck presenting David Gaffney with the 2017–18 Outstanding Student Veteran Award

David Gaffney (left) received the 2017–18 Outstanding Student Veteran Award. He is pictured with Assistant Director for Military and Veteran Engagement Brennan Beck.
Image Credit: Clemson University Relations

“While our student veterans are a small percentage of Clemson’s population, tonight’s ceremony shows how impactful you are,” said Brennan Beck, who oversees military and veteran engagement for Student Transitions and Family Programs. “You deserve these honors. We are proud of not only your service to our country, but also of your academic performances here at Clemson.”

Beck was joined by Vice President for Student Affairs Almeda Jacks and Associate Dean of Students Jeff Brown, as each candidate received a graduation cord and a coin featuring insignias of all five military branches and a university image. David Gaffney was the recipient of the Outstanding Student Veteran Award, which recognizes the commitment, engagement and leadership of a graduate who has made a remarkable impact and helped further the cause of veteran services on Clemson’s campus.

The night’s keynote address was delivered by Six Mile, South Carolina resident and U.S. Army veteran Tom von Kaenel, who imparted words of wisdom on each of the graduates and their families.

“It has to be a mutual relationship, where institutions of higher learning are supporting our very special population of veterans,” he said. “I applaud Clemson University on its efforts to commit a place where veterans can meet, connect and study.”

May candidates:

Kathryn Pegues — Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering
Calissa Brooks — M.S. in Nursing
Jacob Fountain — M.S. in Nursing
Tatyana Ciccarelli — B.S. in Business Management
Marcus Davis — B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering
Jared Elrod — B.S. in Economics
David Gaffney — B.A. in History
Cody Scott — B.A. in History

August candidates:

Mastin Greene — M.S. in Plant and Environmental Sciences
Morgan Thomas — Master of Business Administration
Ben Howard — B.S. in Food Science and Technology
Timothy Maio — B.A. in Philosophy
Taryn Poole — B.S. in Biological Sciences
Justin Wilson — B.A. in Criminal Justice