VERMILLION, S.D. – Two ROTC cadets were commissioned as U.S. Army second lieutenants during winter commencement at the University of South Dakota.
2nd Lt. Luke Crance of Timber Lake, South Dakota, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He will start his career as a physician’s assistant student at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the Mayo-Gunderson Physician Assistant Program. He will drill with his South Dakota Army National Guard unit out of Sioux Falls one weekend a month, two weeks a year.
2nd Lt. Alexander Schnell of Vale, South Dakota, received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He will start his career at USD as a Gold Bar Recruiter. He will then transition to Ft. Lee, Virginia, to complete the Ordnance Basic Officer Leader’s Course and to learn his permanent duty station.
Army ROTC offers scholarships and stipends for students seeking a college degree while receiving leadership and military training. According to the Army, more than 20,000 men and women are currently enrolled in ROTC at 1,100 schools across the country.