ROTC Cadets Commissioned in Spring Commencement Exercises


05/09/2019
BATON ROUGE – Twenty-two graduates were recognized during the LSU Spring ROTC Commissioning Ceremony today in the LSU Student Union Theater.

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.

 

LSU ARMY ROTC:

Prairieville, La. - 2nd Lt. Victoria Dianne Buquet received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a concentration in criminology and a minor in professional leadership development from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Buquet’s bars were pinned on by her parents Cullen and Melissa Buquet.

Colorado Springs, Colo. - 2nd Lt. Maria Isabel Chavez received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a concentration in criminology and a minor in professional leadership development from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Riverview, Fla. - 2nd Lt. Andrea Somone Dent received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and sociology with minors in professional leadership development and philosophy from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Dent’s bars were pinned on by her sisters, Dominique and Rae’gine Dent, and her nephew, Eric Archield. After graduation, Dent reports to Basic Officer Leaders Course at U.S. Army Post Ft. Leonardwood in Missouri. Dent’s first duty station is U.S. Army Post Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Dent received her first military salute from her parents Master Sergeant (Ret) Charles Dent and First Sergeant (Ret) Sandra Johnson.

Franklinton, La. - 2nd Lt. Elijah Tyre’ Jones received a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from the College of Engineering, minors in business administration and technical sales from the E. J. Ourso College of Business and a minor in professional leadership development from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. His first duty station is with the 75th Fires at Fort Sill, Okla. Jones’ bars were pinned on by his mother, Sheila Jones, and siblings, Alexis and Daniel Jones. After graduation, Jones reports to Basic Officer Leaders Course at U.S. Army Post Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. Jones receives his first soldier salute from his father, Command Sergeant Major Walton Jones.

Geismar, La. - 2nd Lt. David Joseph Kelley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a concentration in religion as well as minors in professional leadership development, history and library science from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Kelley’s first duty station is with the 415th Military Battalion in Carville, La. His bars were pinned by his parents, Bill and Pamela Kelley, and fianceé Megan Gates. After graduation, reports to Basic Officer Leaders Course at U.S. Army Post Fort Huachua in Arizona. Kelley receives his first soldier salute from Sergeant First Class Daniel Bottom.

Baton Rouge, La. - 2nd Lt. Donald Ray Loving III received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a minor in professional leadership development from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. His bars were pinned on by his parents, Don and Gwen Loving. After graduation, Loving reports to Basic Officer Leaders Course at U.S. Army Fort Benning in Georgia. Loving receives his first soldier salute from Sergeant First Class Daniel Bottom.

Baton Rouge, La. - 2nd Lt. Joshua David Tharp received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering with a minor in business from the E. J. Ourso College of Business and a minor in professional leadership development from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Baton Rouge, La. - 2nd Lt. Richard Parks Weaver IV received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology with a minor in professional leadership development from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. His bars were pinned on by his parents, Richie and Annette Weaver, and his fiancée, Maria Torregrossa. After graduation, Weaver reports to Basic Officer Leaders Course at U.S. Army Post Fort Benning in Georgia. Weaver receives his first soldier salute from Specialist Luke Hoover.

 

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY NAVY ROTC:

Kingwood, Texas - Ensign Renee Catherine Hill received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the College of Engineering. After graduation, Hill’s first assignment is with the Public Works Department at the U.S. Naval Base KITSAP in Bremerton, Wash. Hill’s stripes will be revealed by her parents, Timothy and Estelle Hill. She received her first military salute from her grandfather, Navy veteran Eugene LeBlanc, Sr.

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.

Pace, Fla. - Ensign Patrick Cadoret, Jr. received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge. After graduation, Cadoret’s first duty assignment is aboard the USS Prebble, which is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Cadoret’s stripes will be revealed by First Sergeant John Baker.

Arabi, La. – Ensign Tyler R. Hernandez received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge. After graduation, his first duty assignment is aboard USS McFaul, which is homeported in Norfolk, Va. Hernandez received his first salute from his father, Chief Petty Officer Andrew Hernandez.

Akron, Ohio – Ensign Steven Lewis III received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge. His first duty station is aboard the USS Hopper, which is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Lewis received his first military salute from Gunnery Sergeant Alonzo Williams.

 

LSU AIR FORCE ROTC:

Baton Rouge, La. - 2nd Lt. Austin Clark Beckermeyer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies with a concentration in global diplomacy and a minor in aerospace studies from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Beckermeyer’s bars were pinned on by his mother, Dandy Beckermeyer, and fianceé, Meg Anderson. After graduation, his first duty station is with the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. Beckermeyer receives his first military salute from Louisiana National Guardsman Specialist Anthony Beckermeyer.

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.

Baldwin, La. - 2nd Lt. Collean Morgan Hebert received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a minor in aerospace studies from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Hebert’s bars were pinned on by her parents, Gerard and Audra Hebert, and fiancé, Graham Bonnot. After graduation, Hebert’s first duty station is with the 4th Support Squadron at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C. Hebert receives her first military salute from LSU Air Force ROTC Staff Sergeant Justine Davis. 

Portland, Ore. - 2nd Lt. Ashley Nicole Merriweather received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a concentration in chemistry from the College of Science with a minor in aerospace studies from the College of Science. Her bars were pinned on by her father, George Merriweather, and her brother, George Merriweather, Jr. After graduation, her first duty station is with the 20th Space Control at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. She receives her first military salute from LSU ROTC Technical Sergeant Monique Hunter.

Leesville, La. - 2nd Lt. Jenna Meadors Oliver received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science with a minor in aerospace studies. Her bars were pinned on by her husband, 1st Lt. Zachary Oliver, and her sister, Alysha Meadors. After graduation, she reports to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. for Undergraduate Cyber Training. Oliver receives her first military salute from her sister, Warrant Officer Kayla Meadors.

Pass Christian, Miss. - 2nd Lt. Adrienna Alysa Payton received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication with a concentration in public relations from the Manship School of Mass Communication. Her bars were pinned on by her parents, Adrian and Ranette Payton.  After graduation, her first assignment is with the 325th Contracting Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla. Payton received his first military salute from United States Air Force Technical Sergeant Quinton Smith.

McKinney, Texas - 2nd Lt. Payton Lambert Poole received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the College of Engineering and a minor in aerospace studies from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Poole’s bars were pinned on by his parents, Jeff and Kim Poole. After graduation, his first assignment is with the 20th Air Support Operations Squadron and the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in Jefferson County, N.Y. as a Tactical Air Control Party Officer. He receives his first military salute from Louisiana Air National Guard Staff Sergeant Derek LaFleur.

New Llano, La. - 2nd Lt. Jesse Scott St. Clergy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. His bars were pinned on by his father, Scott St. Clergy, and his brother, Justin St. Clergy. After graduation, his first assignment is with the 47th Flying Training Wing at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas as an undergraduate pilot-in-training. He received his first salute from his mother, Army Sergeant First Class (Ret) Janeth Serrano.

Donaldsonville, La. - 2nd Lt. Jana Rose St. Germain received a Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies in sociology, human resource development and aerospace studies from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. Her bars were pinned on by her parents, Barry and Jeanne St. Germain. After graduation, her first assignment is with 354th Logistics Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base in North Borough, Ala. She receives her first military salute from Sergeant First Class Daniel Bottom.

 

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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