School of General Studies

Joseph Bacani stands in front of his portrait at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. Photo Courtesy AVDLM/C.J. Heatley

Joseph Bacani likes to be alone on Veterans Day, to reflect on his time in Iraq and the friends who died there. “It’s still raw, even though it has been more than seven years,” he says.

In anticipation of the 2014 National Veterans Day, Columbia University proudly salutes United States military veterans. Over three hundred student-veterans are currently enrolled and take classes at Columbia University. 

The day after Abigale Wyatt received a bachelor's degree with honors in mathematics from the School of General Studies, she was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy, the first Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) graduate at Columbia since 1973.

Dr. Jill Biden today met with student military veterans at Columbia University in New York to learn more about their programs that serve veterans and military families. Dr.

Two weeks after graduating from high school, Azar Boehm (GS’12) joined the Army. Despite getting good grades, the 18-year-old had been waitlisted by his dream school, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. On an impulse, he enlisted.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Columbia University President 

John McClelland at the 2010 Veterans Day color guard ceremony, the first such military flag-raising ceremony in more than 40 years

Image credit: Diane Bondareff/Columbia University
Sergeant John McClelland, a former special operations forces combat medic with the U.S.