First NROTC Graduate Since 1973 is Grateful for the Core—and More

April 24, 2014

The day after Abigale Wyatt receives a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the School of General Studies, she will be commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy, the first Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) graduate at Columbia since 1973. Then she heads from Morningside Heights to Pensacola, Fla., for pilot training.

The 26-year-old served 3½ years in the Navy before coming to Columbia in May 2012, part of a program for enlisted sailors to become officers called Seaman to Admiral for the 21st Century. “It was an amazing opportunity,” she says, “and the School of General Studies seemed like the perfect place for someone like me who did not have a traditional education, had taken some time off and spent time in the Navy.”