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UC to honor veterans at Nov. 9 ceremony

The community is invited to attend the University of Cincinnati’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony saluting the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9, on McMicken Commons.

Area veterans and distinguished guests will join the University of Cincinnati community at a special ceremony in observance of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 9.

The formal Veterans Day Ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the atrium of Tangeman University Center, located on the third floor inside the main entrance to the building.

The tribute includes a musical performance by the UC Bearcat Band, presentation of colors by the ROTC Color Guard and remarks by veterans Chris Cravens and Jercell Recipio.

Challenge coins with UC academic seal

Cravens keynotes this year’s ceremony. A former NCIS federal investigator and infantry Marine, Cravens now serves as chief innovation officer of LZ Cincinnati and chief operations officer of DC Consulting. During his eight years of active duty with the Marines (2004-2012), Cravens served three tours supporting counterinsurgency operations in Fallujah and Ramadi, Iraq, and Sangin Valley, Afghanistan. Cravens has served as a peer mentor with the Hamilton County Veterans Treatment Court, project manager for the 2015 All-Star Game Veteran in Processing Center, and board member with the Whole in My Heart Military Family Support Group, the Cincinnati Education and Research for Veterans Foundation at the Cincinnati VA and the Tristate Veterans Community Alliance.

The color guard marches at a past Veterans Day ceremony

Recipio is this year’s student veteran speaker. He serves in the Army Reserves’ 706th Transportation Company. A native of Mason, Ohio, Recipio is studying biology and pre-med at UC Blue Ash with the goal of becoming a military physician.

The American Legion Post 530 Honor Guard will conclude the ceremony with three volleys of rifle fire, and buglers stationed in Tangeman University Center will play “Taps.”

Veterans in attendance will be presented with a commemorative gift following the ceremony.

UC's ceremony will be held in advance of the national Veterans Day observance on Sunday, Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918. The event is free and open to the community.

For more information, contact Veterans Programs & Services at 513-556-6811 or

Veterans Welcome

The University of Cincinnati welcomes students from all backgrounds and walks of life, including military reservists and those returning to civilian life after the conclusion of their military service. UC's Office of Veterans Programs & Services was founded to ensure that all individuals associated with the military that chose UC would have a seamless transition from the Armed Forces to college. Learn more here.