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Three Fordham Grads Commissioned as U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Officers


Three Fordham students in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) were commissioned as U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps officers at a ceremony held in Keating Hall on May 18.

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, presented remarks to the new officers, their families, friends, and members of the NROTC unit. Msgr. Joseph G. Quinn, vice president for University mission and ministry, gave the invocation, following an introduction by Capt. Matthew E. Loughlin, USN, commanding officer of the State University of New York Maritime College NROTC Unit.

Capt. Loughlin administered the oath of office to Ensign Chelsey Caitlin Sellers, FCRH ’12, who graduated with degrees in general science and theology. A native of San Bernardino, Calif., Sellers was selected for surface warfare officer duty and will report to the USS STOUT (DDG 55) in Norfolk, Va.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Miller, USN (Ret.), administered the oath of office to Ensign Isabel Ramona Gomez, FCRH ’12. Gomez, who graduated with a degree in biology, will report to the USS STETHEM (DDG 63) in Yokosuka, Japan, as a surface warfare officer.

Lt. Cmdr. John Cieslewicz, USN (Ret.), administered the oath of office to U.S. Marine Lt. Tyler Cieslewicz, GSB ’12, who graduated with a B.S. in entrepreneurship and a minor in psychology. Cieslewicz will report to The Basic School in Quantico, Va.

All three students were members of the NROTC unit headquartered at the SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx. The unit, of which Fordham students have been a part since 1985, is one of the largest NROTC units in the country and commissions Navy, Marine, and Strategic Sealift Officers. Established in 1973, the unit also includes students from Molloy College and Columbia University.

Ensign Chelsey Caitlin Sellers and
Captain Matthew Loughlin

Ensign Isabel Ramona Gomez and
Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Miller

Lieutenant Tyler Cieslewicz and
Lieutenant Commander John Cieslewicz
Photos contributed by Jane Bartnett

— Joanna Klimaski


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