North Carolina Central University will honor the strength, duty, devotion and resolve of U.S. service members with a weeklong celebration, beginning with a Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., in the Hoey Administration Circle. Veteran Diana Graham is the guest speaker. All events are free and open to active duty and veteran personnel.
Graham is honorably discharged from the United States Army North Carolina National Guard after a deployment in 2005 as a battalion - level patient administrator during Operation Iraqi Freedom. A former Veteran of Foreign Wars Post Commander, she is committed to developing policy and programs that will have a positive impact on Veterans' lives. She is co-founder of Social Elite of Benevolent Women (SEBW), a nonprofit organization that promotes leadership in youth and their families and Crowned for Success Global Consulting, which focuses on veteran advocacy.
The NCCU School of Law will offer free legal advice on veterans benefits for widows, spouses and children on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. in the Turner Law Building Telepresence Room.
To commemorate the lives of those who have fallen in service, a sky lantern release will be held in the Library Bowl on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. A movie night will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. and a Meet, Greet and Grill cookout on Friday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. will round out the week of events.
NCCU Athletics will recognize Armed Forces Appreciation Day during the Norfolk State University vs. NCCU football game in O’Kelly – Riddick Stadium at 2 p.m.
Nearly 400 NCCU students have served or are currently active in the military. Last year Victory Media, a company that serves military personnel transitioning into civilian life, recognized NCCU for the third year in a row as a “military-friendly” institution. The company’s list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are “doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.”
The events are organized by the NCCU Veterans Affairs Office.