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Three UC ROTC grads Commissioned as Second Lieutenants


Williamsburg, KY., - Three members of the University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) class of 2014 left commencement as United States Army Officers as the university’s ROTC program held its Commissioning ceremony during UC’s 2014 graduation on May 10th, 2014.

Jackie Alexander (Brodhead, KY), Cassandra Bowlin (San Francisco, CA), and Andrew Diehl (Independence, KY), took their oaths and became Second Lieutenants of the United States Army.

“I am excited about being commissioned,” said Diehl. “This is a huge step in our lives and towards our future and I am honored to be commissioned as Second Lieutenant. I will soon be going to training in December for Infantry Officer in Georgia for four months before I will be sent to duty or stationed.”

Major Eddie Simpson, former professor of Military Science at UC, administered the Oath of Office. The three newly commissioned officers stood at attention as family members affixed the gold rank bars of a Second Lieutenant on the new officers’ uniform shoulders. They then received their pins which were given to them by their loved ones. Lieutenant Alexander had her parents, Jack and Sandy Alexander assisting her with the pinning. Assisting Lt. Bowlin with her pinning were her husband, Cody Bowlin her father, Brian Devlin and her mother-in-law, Christian Lindsay. Lt. Diehl was pinned by his wife, Lauren Diehl his mother, Rhonda Diehl and his sister, Marie Diehl.

“I am so grateful for the University of the Cumberlands and the ROTC program,” said Diehl. “I have learned a lot in military science and I feel it gave me the proper training to be an effective leader. I admire Major Simpson and Dr. Colegrove and I would not be here today if it weren’t for all of their hard work, dedication, faith in me, and love for their country.”

Everyone was also able to observe a time honored tradition of the United States Army, the rendering of the first hand salute by a non-commissioned officer. This important moment is commemorated by the new lieutenant presenting a silver dollar to the NCO.

“It is always a great experience to take part in the commissioning of new Army officers,” said Dr. Michael Colegrove, UC’s Director of Leadership Studies and Vice President for Student Services. “These cadets, who are now lieutenants, will serve their country well and by doing so represent the University of the Cumberlands an outstanding manner. We are very proud of them!”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit