Thirty-four graduating veterans were recognized during the Challenge Coin Ceremony sponsored by the Student Veterans Association (SVA) held June 4 on the UW Bothell campus.
In today's modern military, "challenge coins" are presented by a unit commander in recognition of special achievement by a member of a unit. Each graduating veteran received a coin in appreciation for their military service and also their contributions as a student. Recipients are encouraged to keep them close, as a reminder of their time at UW Bothell.
Chancellor Wolf Yeigh said the military has recognized the need to care for each other after military service ends. “This is the most active SVA I have ever seen,” Yeigh said. “They raised funds to build a veterans monument on campus. Leaving the military and transitioning to civilian life while competing their degree requirements is a tremendous accomplishment.”
For the first time, UW Bothell graduating veterans will wear special commemorative stoles to honor their academic achievement and their military service. Yeigh – a U.S. Navy veteran – was presented with the first stole. UW Bothell staff member Lisa Walker was presented with an honorary coin for helping the SVA design and obtain approval for the veterans’ stole.
Here are the 2014 spring/summer student veteran graduates:
Reimundo “Chaz” Shaw