UD ROTC Holds Commissioning Ceremony

May 29, 2019 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program held its 2019 ROTC Commissioning Ceremony on Thursday, May 16, in Steffens Hall inside the Charles and Romona Myers Center. Three cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants.

During the ceremony, graduating seniors took an oath of office and had their new rank pinned on their uniform by loved ones or military officers. The newly commissioned officers then completed the “first salute” – a tradition wherein students walk through the arch of sabers to receive their first salute as a member of the military from a current/prior enlisted officer, typically a family member. Students, in turn, gave the person who gave them their first salute a silver dollar as part of a longstanding military tradition.

The 2019 ROTC Commissioning Class

  • 2nd Lt. Alexis DeKeyzer (human health science major from El Paso, Texas) – Adjutant General, Active Duty
  • 2nd Lt. Koltin Sulzner (aviation management major from DeWitt, Iowa) – Infantry, National Guard (Iowa)
  • 2nd Lt. Megan Winston (accounting major from Mount Sterling, Illinois) – Quartermaster, Active Duty

The newly commissioned officers wore their uniforms at UD’s 167th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 18, in the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center.

The UD ROTC program is offered through a partnership with University of Northern Iowa. It is opened to students at UD, Clarke University, and Loras College. The ROTC program is a college elective students can try out for up to two years with no obligation.