Starting with Spring 2016 commencement ceremonies, Park University will recognize graduating student veterans at all of Park’s 40 campus centers across the country by bestowing them with red, white and blue honor cords to wear during the event.
The initiative was developed by the Park Student Veterans Association and the Department of Military and Veteran Student Services
, home of the Park Warrior Center
. The military and veterans honor cords confer special recognition for graduating students who have honorably served, or are currently serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces, and have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence.
“Graduation is a celebration of the transformative power of higher education, and these cords are a visible reminder of the special esteem we hold those who serve,” said Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D.
“The veterans cord initiative was established to honor the sacrifice, service and commitment to excellence that student veterans all share. It will be a sight to look out at the graduates at commencement and see all the red, white, and blue cords, reminding us of their service and many sacrifices,” said Cadet Ashley Carpenter, senior geography
major and vice president of the Park Student Veterans Association. Carpenter currently serves in the Missouri National Guard and will be commissioned as a second lieutenant during the University’s Kansas City Area Commencement
on Saturday, May 7, at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Mo., starting at 11 a.m.