As we finish up with this year’s commissioning season I thought it might be valuable to recap what we produced with the MS 17 cohort. Our mission for this class was 15. We met our mission…no more, no less. We were helped in this year group by three Cadets who migrated, or didn’t graduate on time. All three of them were SMP Cadet, serving in the National Guard or Army Reserves, and all three of them continued to serve in the Guard/Reserves. Of the 12 Cadets who did graduate on time this Spring –
- 11 earned their degree at Clarkson and one at St Lawrence
- 6 will serve on Active Duty, and 6 will serve in the Guard or Reserves
- The Active Duty Cadets were branched into Ordnance (2), Infantry, Field Artillery, Corps of Engineers, and Aviation.
- 4 of the 12 Graduates were varsity athletes at some point in their college career.
- 9 of the 12 graduates were in STEM majors, 7 of them earning Engineering degree
Approximately 40 students were enrolled in this year group at one time or another. Some tried it for a semester or two and decided it wasn’t for them. Some were asked to leave the program for one reason or another.
What are the takeaways from this roll up? Each graduating class is different. At Clarkson we are known for producing lots of STEM Cadets. We also work well with the athletic department. Most years we have a good male to female ratio. Most of our Cadets get their component of choice and most get one of their top choices for branch. About half our Cadets chose to serve part time when they graduated this year.
As is the case every year…the graduates of the Golden Knight Battalion are well trained, well educated, well prepared and ready to do great things. Good luck to all of them!