Marine Corps Commissioning Ceremony at Columbia University - Mark Xue, CC 06

LOW PLAZA, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY - On Saturday, December 16th, 2006, Columbia College 2006 graduate and Hamilton Society president emeritus Mark Xue, CC 06, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in a ceremony held on Low Plaza.  The event was organized by US Military Veterans of Columbia University (MilVets) President Luke Stalcup and Hamilton Society President Riaz Zaidi.  MilVets vice president emeritus Eric Chen served as the master of ceremonies.  Other Columbia students and alumni who participated in the ceremony included MilVets president emeritus Oscar Escano, Army MAJ Taylor Hwong, Marine Cpl Dan Cross, who rendered Lt Xue’s first salute, Marine Cpl Matt Sanchez, Hamilton Society Vice-President Stefan Hasselblad, and Army ROTC cadet Elizabeth Feldmeier.  Columbia sociology professor Allan Silver administered Lt Xue's oath of office, and his parents pinned on his Second Lieutenant rank.  The ceremony concluded with Lt Xue leading all attending in the Marines hymn.  Spectators included University Chaplain Jewelnel Davis and Vice-Provost Roxie Smith.  The commissioning ceremony was sponsored by the US Military Veterans of Columbia University, the Hamilton Society and the Columbia Alliance for ROTC (CAR).  The reception at Cafe Pertutti was hosted by CAR Chairman Ted Graske, CC 59.  For more photos of Lt Xue's commissioning ceremony, click here.

Account by Eric Chen.  Photos by Matt Mireles (

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