Gen. Mark Milley ’80, chief of staff of the Army, addresses the Class of 2019’s newly commissioned officers in the Army, Navy, and Air Force during the first tri-service ceremony hosted by Princeton since 1972. From left are Mikayla Blaska, Christian Kazanowski, Ian Kim, Samuel Schultz, Paul Spiegl, P.J. Greenbaum, Olivia Rhodes, John Whelan, and Alexander Hsia. Milley described the graduates as “incredibly talented,” noting that they spoke 17 languages and that each had been a high school valedictorian or salutatorian. President Eisgruber ’83 said the ceremony, held in Nassau Hall’s Faculty Room, was a “proud and historic occasion” and that military service is a “meaningful and profoundly demanding way to use one’s education … ‘in the nation’s service and the service of humanity.’”
Rob Harrison *19 is accompanied by his five sons — Quinn, Sean, Patrick, Connor, and R.J. — as he receives his hood for his Ph.D. in computer science, with Chief Marshal Sandra Bermann looking on. “Your hood signifies the knowledge you have gained and the skills you have developed, as well as the fact that you have contributed something genuinely new to an existing body of knowledge,” Graduate School Dean Sarah-Jane Leslie *07 told the advanced-degree recipients who took part in the hooding ceremony on Cannon Green. Harrison, an Army lieutenant colonel, is an assistant professor at West Point.