Yale graduation includes first ROTC graduates since 70s

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NEW HAVEN — Yale University’s 315th commencement will include the school’s first group of ROTC graduates in more than four decades.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will be on hand Monday at Battell Chapel to award 18 commissions, 14 to Yale students and four to others who trained at Yale. The ROTC program resumed in 2012 after the repeal of the military’s ban on gay men and lesbians.

The commissions will be awarded after the main graduation ceremony, which takes place on the school’s Old Campus.

Yale, unlike other schools, does not have a speaker during graduation exercises, instead inviting a guest to address the graduating class on Sunday, the day before commencement.

Samantha Power, the United States’ envoy to the United Nations, was this year’s Class Day Speaker.

She and Carter are both Yale alums.