Class of 2002 Hosts National Hero
August 2, 2002

The Class of 2002 got a timely treat when Major General William G. Boykin served as commencement speaker. General Boykin has had a long, illustrious career in service to his country and is currently Commanding General, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Major General Boykin has served his country for more than 29 years.

Major General Boykin has served in a variety of leadership and staff positions, from platoon leader to company commander, and aid de camp in three different divisions: 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas; 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia. Additionally, Major General Boykin served with the 75th Rangers, and as an instructor at the Florida Ranger camp. Throughout his career, Major General Boykin has held a variety of assignments on the Joint Staff and the Army Staff, as well as the Joint Special Operations Command. For 18 months, he served in Headquarters, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C. Major General Boykin’s last assignment was as commanding general, U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) from April 1998 to February 2000. During his tenure, he led the mission on which the recent movie “Black Hawk Down” was based.

Major General Boykin’s awards and decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters; Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster; Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster; Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Air Medal; Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster; Armed Forces Service Medal; NATO Medal; Combat Infantryman’s and Expert Infantryman’s Badges.

Given the events of September 11, 2001, Emmanuel was honored to have such a distinguished serviceman address the Class of 2002.

The Class of 2002 consisted of 147 graduates of the Associate and Bachelors Degrees in 11 different departments (see sidebar for breakdown by department). Congratulations to the Class of 2002!

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