Graduating seniors who served as cadets in the Seneca Battalion of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at St. Bonaventure University were commissioned as second lieutenants on Saturday.
The commissioning ceremony, held at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on campus, was followed by the Silver Dollar Salute, a traditional event in which each newly commissioned officer hands a silver dollar to the first soldier who salutes him. Cadets choose someone instrumental in their upbringing, education or training for this honor.
A number of awards were also presented to the graduating cadets.
Noel Baez, a sport studies major with a concentration in human movement sciences from Walden, N.Y. Baez joined ROTC his freshman year, receiving a three-and-a-half-year scholarship, and he served as commander of St. Bonaventure’s Seneca Battalion. He was commissioned as an active duty field artillery officer. The son of Wendy E. and Luis A. Baez Jr., he received two senior military science awards: the American Veterans of World War II Award and the George C. Marshall ROTC Award.
Kevin Matthew Carson, a computer science major from Shinglehouse, Pa. He joined ROTC his freshman year, receiving a three-year scholarship. Carson served as Alpha Company commander for the Seneca Battalion and was commissioned as an active duty infantry officer. He is the son of Russell W. and Shelly E. Carson.
Nicholas Paul Clancy, a sociology major with minors in criminology and business administration from West Seneca, N.Y. Clancy joined ROTC his freshman year, earning a four-year scholarship. He served as S5, the cadet in charge of public and community relations, for the Seneca Battalion and was commissioned as an active duty field artillery officer. The son of Terry P. and Penelope D. Clancy, he received a senior military science honor, the 8th District American Legion Military Excellence Award.
Breandan Joseph Cunningham, an accounting major from Rocky Point, N.Y. He joined ROTC his freshman year on a three-year scholarship, and served as Seneca Battalion commander and executive officer as a cadet. Cunningham was commissioned as an active duty infantry officer. The son of Christopher J. and Kim A. Cunningham, he received two senior military science awards: the 8thDistrict American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Leadership Award. He was also honored as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Nicholas Gaglio, a management major from Rochester, N.Y. Gaglio joined ROTC on a three-year scholarship and was commissioned as a National Guard infantry officer. He is the son of Stephen J. and Laura Gaglio.
Ian James Mclellan, a management major from Rochester, N.Y. He joined ROTC as a sophomore, earning a two-and-a-half-year scholarship, and served Seneca Battalion as executive officer and S3, the cadet who oversees operations. He was commissioned as an active duty signal officer. The son of James W. and Victoria R. McLellan, he received a senior military science award: the Veterans of Foreign Wars Award.
Courtney Newhouse, a management major with minors in marketing and family business from Bradford, Pa. Newhouse joined ROTC in the spring semester of her junior year and served the Seneca Battalion as S4, the cadet in charge of battalion supply. The daughter of Richard E. and Georgia Newhouse, she was commissioned as an ordnance officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
In addition to the commissioning of St. Bonaventure cadets, a cadet from Alfred University, one of the schools making up Team Seneca, was commissioned on Friday:
Amelia Grace-Ann Porter, a clinical/counseling psychology major from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She joined ROTC as a sophomore, earning a two-and-a-half-year scholarship. Porter served as Charlie Company commander for the Seneca Battalion and was commissioned as a Medical Service Corps officer in the Army National Guard. She is the daughter of William Porter Jr. and Nicole Boisvert Porter.
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