Vet Graduations a record breaker at EKU

May 13, 2013

Among the hundreds of men and women who graduated over the weekend from Eastern Kentucky University, there were 90 veterans. That’s an all-time best for EKU’s department of Military and Veterans Affairs.  Director Al Back says many of those vets still want to serve their country.  “And our degree programs are service oriented.  And I think when they come out of the service, that’s what they are looking for.  I think that’s why Eastern has the large student population whether it be in police studies, criminal justice, homeland security or the fire science program, emergency medical science, nursing, and teaching.  They’re still wanting to serve their communities after they leave the service,” said Back.

First Lady Michelle Obama, as she honors veterans programs at EKU.
Credit EKU News

Another veteran taking classes at Eastern Kentucky University has earned national honors.  The Tillman Foundation awarded a scholarship to an EKU grad who’s worked to improve the mental health of veterans.  The announcement was made over the weekend...

“Very grateful again, second year in a row that we’ve had a Tillman Foundation scholarship winner selected.  Mr. Christopher Stanfield is an Army veteran who had an initiative called ‘Stem the Tide,’ which brings awareness of veterans suicides.  He did that as an intern over in Washington D.C. over the summer,” said Back.

Al Back’s program was also honored over the weekend by First Lady Michelle Obama, who participated in commencement exercises at EKU. The Tillman Foundation is named for NFL standout Pat Tillman, who died while on duty in Afghanistan in 2004.