The concept of honor was at the center of President Stephen Jordan’s remarks during a Veterans Day ceremony last Thursday to acknowledge the men and women who have served the country with loyalty, bravery and distinction.
“Honor is a singular, all-encompassing idea that transcends ethics, honesty and personal integrity. Honor is who you are at your core,” Jordan said. “To live honorably is a tall order. And we are fortunate enough to work and study with veterans and service people who have experienced this ideal, reminding us of what it is to make honor a daily practice.”
He acknowledged the veterans as well as the students who are in the reserves and still on active duty. “They are doing honor to themselves, their families and their communities” by pursuing a higher education, he said.
Jordan said that MSU Denver is working to honor their service and unique life experiences by offering programs—such as a special veterans’ orientation and commencement—that celebrate their decision to matriculate and the achievement of their degree.
The ceremony at Tivoli Commons included a tribute to the Andrews Sisters, a color guard and flag raising, and remarks by Cliff Richardson, interim president of the Community College of Denver, Raul Cardenas, associate vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, and Jarod Solano, president of Student Veterans at MSU Denver.
There are about 1,000 student-veterans, as well as reservists and those still on active duty, enrolled at the University. Jordan noted that MSU Denver is considered by Military Times a “Best for Vets—College” and is on Military Advanced Education’s list of “Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities.”
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