Seven Cadets from Lehigh, DeSales and Kutztown universities were commissioned into the U.S. Army as 2nd Lieutenants at the 98th Commissioning ceremony held in Packer Memorial Church. The ceremony was part of Lehigh’s 149th Commencement exercises on May 21.
Lehigh’s ROTC program, the Lehigh Steel Battalion, was established in 1919. It is open to students who are enrolled at 12 other colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley.
One of the first ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) programs in the country, Lehigh’s program began under the direction of then-Lehigh President Henry Drinker, who supported the idea of military instruction even before the Defense Act of 1916 established ROTC.
Photos by Christa Neu