Virginia State University Graduation

Following is a blog from Patrick Barnes, Public Affairs representative, U.S. Africa Command Washington Liaison Office)

On Sunday May 17th, along with several thousand family and friends of the Virginia State University (VSU) graduating class of 2010, I witnessed General William E. Ward receive an honorary Doctorate from VSU President Eddie N.Moore, Jr. Before conferring the degree on the General, Moore read a resolution highlighting the General’s nearly four decades of military service at all levels of command — tactical, operational and strategic. The resolution ended with the following, “Therefore, be it resolved, that Virginia State University confers upon General William E. Ward, The Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, with all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities appertaining thereto; and be it resolved that the Board of Visitors at its April 16th meeting directed the President of the University to present to General William E. Ward, on the occasion of the One Hundred Twenty-Third Commencement of the University, this resolution as an expression of the high esteem accorded him by the Board of Visitors, the administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of Virginia State University.”

The previous day, nine Army ROTC senior cadets from Virginia State University’s Trojan Battalion, received a once in a lifetime opportunity when General Ward addressed them as their commissioning speaker.

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