the Oath

Veterans Day  |  November 11, 2017

This Veterans Day, Hillsdale College honors those who have served in the military. Their service was given to defend the freedom that we all enjoy as Americans. Hillsdale is blessed to have veterans among us here at the College, as students, faculty and staff.

“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

Watch this short video featuring five of them. It’s a powerful reminder of the solemn oath every soldier takes when they enlist. And take a moment today to reflect on the sacrifices made by all of our American veterans and their families. We are profoundly grateful for them.

Jacob Damec

Jacob Damec, Army

Class of 2020

“In the military, you’re also having to think outside the box to solve problems, and that’s the same with liberal arts. You’re given a problem, not a solution, and it’s up to you to figure it out.”

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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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Officer Commissioning Ceremony

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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