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APSU honors graduating military students


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Wednesday afternoon, Austin Peay State University honored its graduating students who are either veterans, reservists or active duty military personnel. As part of the Summer 2013 Military and Veteran Graduate Recognition Ceremony, each student received one of the University’s special military coins.

About 20 percent of APSU students have a military connection, and the coin, designed by the APSU Office of Public Relations and Marketing, was created to honor those individuals.

During this year’s ceremony, longtime APSU supporter and U.S. Army veteran Dr. Ernest J. DeWald delivered the keynote address. In 2008, he and his wife, Joan, established an endowment to create the Josephine and William DeWald Memorial Scholarship for APSU nursing students in honor of his parents who had extended careers in the nursing field. Thanks to their generosity, in December 2012, APSU broke ground for the DeWald Livestock Pavilion at the APSU Agricultural and Environmental Education Center. 

After earning a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Georgetown University, DeWald spent more than 21 years in the Army Dental Corps. He served as a director of both the one- and two-year general dentistry residency programs, and he retired from the Army in 1993 as a colonel.  

For more information on the ceremony or APSU’s military coin, please contact Dr. Bill Cox, executive director of the Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell, at