For the past two years, the University’s ROTC cadets have had to celebrate their accomplishments and receive their scholarship awards virtually. Due to the COVID pandemic, the annual Pass in Review event where cadets perform drill and ceremony in formation as Chancellor Kent Syverud “reviews the troops” and presents awards, was forced to be put on hold. But this year’s 105th Chancellor’s Review, sponsored by the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA), was back in person at the Stadium last week, as more than 160 cadets were recognized for their distinguished performance and commitment to service.
Among those recognized were Army Cadet Isabella Lee and Air Force Cadet Erin Beaudoin, presented with the Commitment to Service Award by Vice Chancellor Michael Haynie. The award honors one cadet from Army ROTC and one from Air Force ROTC, each a veteran or dependent of a military veteran, in the top 10% of their ROTC class academically, and demonstrate a strong commitment to military service and a proven understanding of citizenship through patriotism and community service.
In addition, 40 cadets were further recognized with awards presented by numerous civilian and military organizations, recognizing those with outstanding academic performances.
“With one of the longest consecutively running ROTC programs in the country, this annual ceremony is indicative of Syracuse University’s rich history and deep commitment of supporting veterans and military families,” says Col. (Ret.) Ron Novack, executive director of the OVMA. “The cadets’ leadership skills combined with their actions in and out of the classroom, in terms of a focus on service and dedication to learning, make the overall campus culture stronger, enhancing all of our experiences.”