Graduate commissioned at special military ceremony

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A Baptist Bible College graduate was honored at a special U.S. Army commissioning ceremony held the day before commencement, the first such event in BBC history.

Chaplain Candidate (2LT) Jeremiah Tomasetti, of Elizabethtown, PA, received the rank of Second Lieutenant at the May 6 ceremony. A graduating Youth Pastor major, he served as senior class president and in the ROTC program at BBC.

"This is a way the Army rewards those who do both college and the military," Tomasetti said. "They recognize hard work and sacrifice and the reward is being a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army."

See pictures of the ceremony at www.facebook.com/BaptistBible.

He plans to attend Baptist Bible Seminary and will be assigned to an Army Reserve Unit. When he completes his master's degree, he will move to active duty as a U.S. Army Chaplain.

"I think it is a wonderful thing we are having our first ceremony at BBC," said Maj. Toni Ann Loftus, Executive Officer for the Department of Military Science at the University of Scranton, the location for local ROTC classes. "The Cadre at ROTC believes it is very important to conduct commissioning ceremonies for cadets at the college where they graduate from."

'It's about Jesus'
The ceremony began with a special video slideshow. It was followed by remarks by distinguished Chaplain (LTC) Robert Whitlock, who spoke about the history of military chaplaincy and the responsibilities that accompany the role.

"This ministry you have been called into is not about you," he said. "It's about Jesus, our Lord and Christ."

Lt. Col. Robert Haines administered the oath of office. He was pinned with his Insignia of Rank by his sister, Liz Johnston, and brother, Adam Tomasetti.

His father, Sgt. Ronald Tomasetti, offered the first salute to his son as a commissioned officer. The first salute to a newly commissioned officer is given by a person of their choice.

Learn more about ROTC here.

Learn more about Baptist Bible Seminary's Military Chaplaincy program.

Learn more about BBC's Youth Pastor major here.

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students learn to serve and lead as they gain critical leadership and life skills. To learn more, go to www.bbc.edu or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 5/7/2010 4:11:20 PM