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Military Service cords available for December graduates

Beginning with the upcoming Fall Commencement ceremonies, Lamar University will honor graduating students who serve as active duty personnel, National Guard/Reservists and veterans with Military Service graduation cords.

“These cords signify the appreciation that Lamar University feels toward our military and veteran community for their service and sacrifice,” said Registrar David Short. “We are trying to reach out to students and inform them that these cords exist.”

With more than 1,000 students receiving veterans’ benefits, Lamar has been recognized as a “military friendly” school by Military Advanced Education (MAE) magazine and by G.I. Jobs Magazine.

The idea of providing these red, white, and blue, double-braided cords originated when the Office of Veterans Affairs noticed similar veteran cords being worn by graduates at the commencement ceremonies of other universities.

“After witnessing this, we knew that we, too, wanted to specially recognize our veterans,” Short said. “We encourage any of our graduating students who have served in the United States’ armed forces to allow Lamar University to honor their service with a Military Service cord,” Short said.

Short said that students’ responses have been positive and that they are pleased to receive university support for their service to the country.  

Students interested in obtaining a Military Service cord at no charge should contact the Office of Veterans Affairs at (409) 880-8437 or email