Senior Ruthfee L. Kollie was commissioned as an officer during the annual United States Army Commissioning Ceremony on Friday, May 4, at the University's Historic Chapel.
Kollie recited the oath of office, signaling her new title as second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Kollie talked about the difficulties she endured as a cadet in the ROTC program. Although the training was rigorous, Kollie decided to stick with it.
"The decision I made was the right one," she said.
Keller graduated from Saint Augustine's University Saturday, May 5, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Performance and Wellness.
Col. Anthony Keith Chambers, a 1985 Saint Augustine's University graduate, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Chambers serves as inspector general at the headquarters of the Army Materiel Command.
Chambers advised Kollie and cadets to hold onto their integrity as they pursue their military careers.
"You will be called on to make tough decisions. Not only will these decisions be tough, at times they will be unpopular," Chambers said. "The opportunities to compromise will be abundant. Whatever you do, don't fall in that trap."
Saint Augustine's University president Dianne Boardley Suber congratulated Kollie, but noted that the event was a bittersweet one.
"You are being asked to serve in a tumultuous time," Suber said. "You reflect the kind of leadership we depend on to maintain the quality of our lives."
Pictured: Newly commissioned 2LT. Ruthfee L. Kollie seen here with President Suber during the ceremony.