Courtney Diekema '13, of Harvard's Air Force ROTC program, listens during President Drew Gilpin Faust's speech at the ROTC Commissioning ceremony on Wednesday. The ceremony, in which four ROTC graduates were commissioned as officers in the U.S. military, filled Fong Auditorium completely after rain prevented the event from being held in Tercentenary Theatre.
Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust speaks at the annual ROTC commissioning ceremony on Wednesday. Faust thanked the newly commissioned officers for their service and also urged audience members to recognize the sacrifices of those in the military. "We must commit ourselves to taking responsibility for the burden our veterans have carried," Faust said.
Gavin Pascarella '13 receives pins from family members as he is commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps on Wednesday at the ROTC commissioning ceremony. Along with fellow graduate Brian Furey '13, Pascarella is now a Second Lieutenant in the Corps.
Seniors Colin Dickinson, Christian Yu, Gavin Pascarella, Brian Furey, and Courtney Diekema receive a standing ovation from the crowd in Boylston Hall after the annual ROTC commissioning ceremony on Wednesday. Pascarella and Furey were named Second Lieutenants in the Marine Corps, and Diekema joined the U.S. Air Force as a Second Lieuenant. Dickinson is now an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, with Yu set to commission at a later date.
Harvard University Police Department officers Christopher Riccardi, Michael Rea, and Ryan Stanton are honored at the Celtics-Knicks playoff game on April 26 for their service during the marathon bombings.