the Oath

Veterans Day  |  November 11, 2018

Today, Hillsdale College honors American veterans. They served to defend our Constitution and the freedom it secures. 

Every soldier takes an oath to support and defend the Constitution when they enlist. In this short video, five Hillsdale College veterans recite that oath. Please take a few moments to watch it and reflect with gratitude on the sacrifices every veteran has made to defend our liberty.

“Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” – Abraham Lincoln

Dr. Jennings

Peter Jennings, Marine Corps

Assistant Professor of Management

“The Iraq War was very different. When I had first enlisted, I was a young college kid, but now I had a wife and a family. I understood what war was all about. It wasn’t convenient to go, but I went. I didn’t go for adventure, or for convenience, but because I felt a sense of duty.”

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Jeffrey Rogers

Jeffrey Rogers
Associate Dean

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Jon Lewis

Jonathan Lewis
Class of 2013
Marine Corps

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Audrey Graber, Marine Corps

Audrey Gray
Class of 2014
Marine Corps

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166th Hillsdale College Commencement Marine Corps Commissioning

Freedom Scholarships

Hillsdale offers veterans a unique opportunity to receive private funding for their bachelor’s degree, with benefits that may even exceed those available through the GI Bill. Hillsdale doesn’t accept any government funding, even in the form of federal grants (such as the GI Bill) or loans. To do so would result in a regulatory burden that would necessarily compromise the College’s principles. Instead, Hillsdale raises private monies to protect its independence and to provide for the education of students who, like us, believe in the pursuit of truth and the defense of liberty.

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