On Veterans Day this week, many local and national celebrations and programs honored our veterans. Michigan State University honored veterans in a long-lasting way as well this week, when they joined 14 other Michigan public universities in providing in-state tuition rates for all veterans, regardless of their state of residency or active duty status.
The Presidents Council, State University of Michigan, a nonprofit higher education association serving Michigan’s 15 state universities, made the announcement Nov. 8. What a great announcement for the week that begins with Veterans Day! And it’s a great way to attract new members to the Michigan work force.
Formerly, our universities provided in-state tuition rates to active duty military members and their dependents. This new commitment expands to veterans. This assists veterans in getting degrees, which in turn helps our economy.
The 15 Michigan public universities also joined with our community colleges to establish the Consortium of Michigan Veteran Educators. The consortium’s primary goal is to serve as a representation, outreach and educational resource to college and university staff members that serve student veteran and military populations. The organization commits to increasing the number of service members and veterans enrolled in public colleges and universities, and offering support toward successful degree completion, leading to employment.
To further honor our veterans in this week of Veterans Day, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place today at 3 p.m. in Room 8 of the Student Services Building to mark the designation of space for the new Veterans Resource Center. At 4 p.m., MSU’s Air Force ROTC Detachment and the Spartan Battalion Army ROTC cadets will conduct a Veterans Day ceremony at the MSU Alumni Chapel. Following this ceremony, the cadets will march to the Administration Building where they will participate in a flag-lowering ceremony.