Two Business Graduates Commissioned in Spring Commencement Exercises

May 13, 2019

BATON ROUGE - Twenty-two graduates were recognized during the LSU spring ROTC Commissioning Ceremony in the LSU Student Union Theater. Of the 22 ROTC candidates, two economics graduates, Ensign Jacob Thomas Holl and 2nd Lt. Joel Raymond were commissioned into the United States Navy and the United States Air Force, respectively.

Brigadier General Vincent B. Barker, the 377th Theater Sustainment Command Deputy Commanding General, was the guest speaker for the ceremony and gave the commissioning oath.

Eight LSU graduates from the Army ROTC program, five graduates from the Navy ROTC program, including three Southern University graduates, and nine graduates from the Air Force ROTC program were commissioned. 


O’Fallon, Ill. - Ensign Jacob Thomas Holl received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the E. J. Ourso College of Business. His first duty station is with the U.S. Naval Aviation School’s Command in Pensacola, Fla. Holl’s stripes will be revealed by his parents, former Senior Airman Don Holl and Major (Ret) Kim Holl. He receives his first military salute from his father.


Baton Rouge, La. - 2nd Lt. Joel Raymond DeRobertis received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the E.J. Ourso College of Business. His bars were pinned on by his parents, Jerry and Cathy DeRobertis. After graduation, his first duty station is with the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi.

For additional information on the ROTC program, contact Lin Warmsley, director of academic affairs and student development and ROTC programs housing liaison in LSU’s Department of Military Science, at 225-578-2371 or 225-578-6472.

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