State Rep. Reedy to speak at APSU Military and Veteran Graduate Recognition Ceremony May 2
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State Rep. Reedy to speak at APSU Military and Veteran Graduate Recognition Ceremony May 2

APSU President Alisa White shaking hands with a student soldier.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State Rep. Jay Reedy, a U.S. Army veteran and Austin Peay State University alumnus, will be the guest speaker at APSU’s Spring 2018 Military and Veteran Graduate Recognition Ceremony and Coin Presentation next week.

The ceremony, set for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, in the Morgan University Center Ballroom, honors Austin Peay’s graduating students who are either veterans, National Guard, reservists or active-duty military personnel. As part of the ceremony, each student will receive a red, white and blue graduation cord and one of the University’s special military coins.

About 20 percent of APSU students have a military connection, and the coin was created in 2011 to honor those individuals.

Reedy was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives, District 74, in 2014, where he represents voters in Houston, Humphreys and a portion of Montgomery County. He has served as Deputy House Majority Whip, chair of the House Tennessee Sportsmen’s Caucus and member of the Republican Caucus and Veteran Caucus.

Reedy enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school, and while stationed at Fort Campbell, he decided to enroll at Austin Peay. He was a member of the ROTC Governors Guard and was named battalion commander in his second year—the same year he became a commissioned officer. He graduated from APSU in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. He is currently the owner of Houston County Lock & Key and a farmer.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Guests may park in any visitor or red parking space, and a parking pass is not required. For more information on the ceremony or APSU’s military coin, contact Carol Clark, executive assistant to the President for Community and Government Relations, at clarkc@apsu.edu.