Student cadets appointed as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army at Commissioning Ceremony

Two Alcorn State University graduating cadets were rewarded for their hard work and choice to serve this country.

Alcorn senior cadets Marcia Bass and Chadrick Cooper were appointed in the United States Army in the grade of Second Lieutenant during the Military Science Department ROTC Commissioning Ceremony Friday, May 8 at the Oakland Memorial Chapel. Bass will receive a bachelor’s degree in child development during Alcorn’s Commencement Exercises. Cooper will receive a bachelor’s degree in plant and soil sciences.

Cooper, a Vicksburg, Miss. native, showed pride in his dedication to maintaining good academic standing while succeeding in the Army.

“It is truly heartwarming,” said Cooper. “I sacrificed a lot a put in lots of hard work to earn this accomplishment. It is a privilege to earn this rank.”

Bass, a Mound Bayou, Miss. native, looks forward to being a positive role model in the future.

“It feels great to be commissioned,” said Bass. “I’m excited about this new achievement and getting the opportunity to lead people in the right direction.”

Lieutenant Colonel with the Alcorn Army ROTC Dan Knight gave encouraging words to the newly appointed Second Lieutenants.

“It is an honor for you to live your lives with purpose and a higher cause,” said Knight. “It is an honor to uphold the freedom of Americans.”

Senior military instructor at Alcorn Manuel Paulino, who will be retiring from the Army after 27 years, offered sound advice to add to the development of the cadets.

“Pay attention to the non commissioned officers,” said Paulino. “Those officers will make or break you. They have the time and experience to guide you in the right direction. Always be on time and make good decisions.”

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