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Veterans Graduation


To graduate from Columbus State Community College a student needs to do the following:

1.  Make an appointment with an advisor to review the degree requirements and complete the appropriate Petition to Graduate Form:

2.  Submit the Petition to Graduate Form to Student Central, upper level Madison Hall.

After you have submitted the Petition to Graduate Form you may complete the Veterans Addendum: Graduate Coin and Lanyard Request Form.  You will need to submit a copy of the Degree Audit Report, showing that the Petition to Graduate has been accepted, with this form.

Click here for more information about graduating from Columbus State Community College.


Challenge Coin History

Challenge coins date back to World War I when a Lieutenant ordered bronze coins for the men in his squadron.  One of the men, who kept the coin in a leather pouch around his neck, was captured by the Germans.  The Germans took everything from him except the leather pouch.  When he later escaped, he avoided execution by the French when they recognized the unit insignia on the coin.  It then became tradition for military members to carry challenge coins.

Today, challenge coins are popular throughout all branches of the military, and most military members have at least one coin in their possession at all times.  The challenge coin is used for a variety of reasons, from recognition to morale.  The awarding of coins, often during a formation or other special function, acknowledges an accomplishment or a special action and it provides an incentive to other unit members to excel in their career.  Military members carry the challenge coin to display pride and to ensure they are always ready when a coin challenge is initiated by another service member or a fellow member of their unit.

Consistent with this military tradition, Columbus State Community College is honoring each of our graduating veteran students by presenting them with a unique challenge coin.  On one side of the coin is a picture of the U.S. flag and the flag of the branch of service the veteran served with a challenge to Act Justly, Walk Humbly, and Love Mercy with Commitment, Honor, and Excellence. On the other side of the coin is the Columbus State Logo with the core values of the college.  A Challenge Coin – a challenge to all of our graduating veterans as they begin their next mission in life.


Military/Veterans Honors Cord

Known as an aiguillette when worn on a military dress uniform.  In the U.S. Army, the color of the aiguillette designates the branch in the Army in which the individual is serving (i.e. Ordnance, Infantry, Military Police, etc.).  In the U.S. Air Force, the aiguillette is utilized to designate Special Duty assignments such as Honor Guard.  Each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces utilizes the aiguillette on their dress uniforms.  The wear of an aiguillette is an honor for service members.

Service members on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserves, as well as veterans of the United States Armed Forces, including Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, are entitled to wear a twisted cord of red, white, and blue recognizing and honoring their service.  Armed Service recognition cords may be worn only by individuals who have served, are serving or will serve (students continuing on to documented military commitments such as ROTC or other commissioning route).  Relatives, friends, and beneficiaries are not eligible to receive or wear the Armed Service recognition cords.   Graduates should check with the Office of Veterans Services to obtain their cord.  Proof of service, such as DD214, Military ID card or Veterans Administration ID Card, etc., is required at the time of issue and receipt of the cord.

Every veteran student who graduates will be issued a Red, White and Blue Honor cord to wear with their graduation regalia.