By Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sean M. Evans, NMCSD Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (September 18, 2009) –The Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) Navy College Office graduated 86 Sailors, Marines and Soldiers Sept. 18. Service members received college degrees ranging from associate’s to master’s levels.
All of the graduates completed their degrees while simultaneously meeting the demands of military service to include, in some cases, deployment. Among the graduates, eight severely wounded service members received an advanced degree.
The wounded who received degrees were Marine Corps Staff Sgts. Jeffrey McCormack and Mary Palmore, Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Lawrence, Marine Corps Cpls. Andrew Johnson and Brett Sobaski, Lance Cpl. Haibang Mai, Spc. Ephraim Giron and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Marilyn Alvarez. Alvarez received her bachelor’s degree in healthcare management from Southern Illinois University.
“Getting a degree in healthcare management will help me in the long run to fulfill my dreams,” said Alvarez. “I plan to be an officer and my degree will help a lot in achieving my goal.”
NMCSD Deputy Commander Capt. Joel A. Roos emphasized the importance of education and the many resources available within the Navy, such as tuition assistance, Navy colleges, the Post-9/11 GI Bill among others, to achieve educational goals.
“An education provides one with the ability to learn new ideas, debate concepts with others, think independently and generate new theories,” said Roos. “Most importantly, we are provided a forum in which to reason and understand personal rights, liberty and freedom.”
For more information about Navy College Program or to learn more about how to advance your education, visit (https://www.navycollege.navy.mil).
SAN DIEGO (September 18, 2009) – Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Marilyn Alvarez places her name on the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), Surface Warfare Medical Institute and Naval School of Health Sciences placard for those who have completed their advanced degrees in 2009. Alvarez was one of eight wounded patients recognized for achievements in higher learning, receiving her bachelor’s degree in healthcare management from Southern Illinois University. A total of 86 active duty personnel received degrees during NMCSD’s 3rd annual Navy College graduation ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sean M. Evans (HIPAA complete))