SUNY Canton recognized again as military-friendly campus
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 2:43 pm

CANTON -- For the second time in just a few months, SUNY Canton has been recognized for its military-friendly campus.

The college was among “Top Military Friendly Colleges and Universities” chosen by Military Advanced Education magazine. The list will be published in the December issue.

Over the last several years, the college’s Military Friendly Committee has assessed all programs on campus and their responsiveness to the needs of the military community. The college now features a veterans’ lounge, a specific military counselor in the admissions office, training in understanding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for the college’s counseling staff, and an on-campus Veteran’s Day ceremony.

Earlier this year, SUNY Canton was among only 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools throughout the country to be recognized as a 2011 Military Friendly School by the magazine G.I. Jobs.

“This recognition reaffirms SUNY Canton’s outstanding efforts to be a welcoming and accommodating campus for the military community,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph Kennedy. “It’s gratifying to stand out in comparison to other colleges and universities across the country.”

In 2008, SUNY Canton made special note the importance of the college’s veterans to its graduating class. In 1943, 27 students were called into service just weeks before their commencement. The veterans, who have come to be known as SUNY Canton’s Greatest Graduates, left to serve in World War II. In a heartfelt and emotional ceremony, President Kennedy presented four members of the class and a spouse of a deceased veteran with honorary certificates in their respective programs. Those veterans who could not attend the ceremony were also honored for their sacrifice, some posthumously.