Along with their degree, several Texas A&M graduates received their ranks Saturday.
55 members of the Texas A&M's Corps of Cadets were commissioned during commencement exercises.
The newly commissioned officers represented most of the branches of the armed forces.
Also three members of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets received the institution's prestigious Doherty Award during commencement and commissioning ceremonies Saturday at Reed Arena.
Each ROTC office, Air Force, Army or Navy/Marines, at Texas A&M chooses one member of the corps who has earned a military commission as recipient of the Doherty Award, which includes a $1,500 stipend.
President Robert Gates presented this year's awards to William Strohecker IV of Plano, Air Force; Douglas Grothues, also of Plano, Navy; and Joshua Erkkila of Wichita, Kansas, Army.
The Doherty Award was established by W.T "Doc" Doherty, Class of 1922, in memory of his father, William Doherty, and his mother, Kathleen Pace Doherty.
Recipients of this award must posses the requirements set forth by Doherty, which consist of high moral character, completion of four years in the Corps of Cadets, a strong feeling of patriotism for both country and state and being a faithful Aggie who has earned the trust and admiration of the corps and the student body at large.
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