Student Affairs

Clemson earns certificate of silver grade from SC Veterans’ Affairs for its Military Academic Program


Clemson University has once again been recognized for its efforts in helping service members, veterans and military families achieve academic and professional goals. The latest recognition took place Monday, May 6 during a special graduation program.

COL David Rozelle (retired) of the South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs (SCDVA), who served as keynote speaker for the annual service member and veteran graduation, presented Director of Military & Veteran Engagement Emily DaBruzzi with a certificate of silver grade for Clemson’s Military Academic Program.

“Our criteria for achieving the highest grade is specifically designed to entice veteran-specific programming at a higher level,” said Rozelle, who serves as SCDVA director of operations. “The SCDVA is proud to formally recognize Clemson has transitioned from bronze to silver. On behalf of our secretary, we are excited to present this award to a very deserving institution.”

The Office of Military & Veteran Engagement (M&VE) provides wrap-around support to a population of more than 1,200 students—from admissions to graduation and beyond. The M&VE Resource Center is located in two facilities on main campus, Hendrix Student Center and Vickery Hall, and serves as a place of community for military students and as a conduit to University resources. Veterans and military-connected students benefit from priority registration processes, scholarship opportunities, well-being programs, career preparation tools and VA benefits assistance. Clemson was recently ranked No. 7 nationally among Tier 1 research institutions as a Military Friendly® School and Military Spouse Friendly® School this spring.

“We are incredibly grateful for this most recent honor from the South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs,” DaBruzzi said. “It is a testament to the hard work of not only our office, but all areas of Clemson University who work tirelessly to ensure veterans and military-connected students have an unmatched college experience.”