Active duty and military veteran students who will graduate from Austin Peay State University next week will be the first class to receive APSU’s new military coin.
The inaugural military graduate recognition and coin presentation ceremony, with the theme “All Hail to Those Who Serve,” is scheduled for 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. The event is open to the public.
APSU created its first coin with its military students and veterans in mind. The antique bronze color coin, designed by the APSU Office of Public Relations and Marketing, is finished with black enamel. The first set was cast in 2011.
On one side of the coin, the eagle is prominently displayed as the nation’s symbol, along with other American patriotic elements. The University’s AP logo is situated at the bottom of the coin. The words, “All Hail to Those Who Serve,” were crafted from the lyrics of APSU’s alma mater and from the military’s customs and courtesies to welcome those who have joined the unit.
The other side of the coin shows an image of the clock tower atop the Browning Administration Building, generally considered the emblem of APSU. The year APSU was founded, 1927, also is noted on the bottom of the piece.
The military service members and veterans receiving the coin will graduate from APSU on Friday, Dec. 16. - Dr. Melony Shemberger