ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

By Lisa Morin, Administrative Assistant II, MIT Army ROTC

ROTC Commissioning CeremonyOn Friday, June 5th, the Army, Naval and Air Force ROTC units commissioned 12 graduating MIT Seniors into their respective branch of service as Second Lieutenants and Ensigns. The Ceremony was held at the District 1 U.S. Coast Guard Station in Boston. We had a full attendance at this year’s Commissioning, including ROTC and MIT alumni, many returning for their class reunions.

The Commissioning Ceremony includes an Oath of Office in which the cadets swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States during their careers as officers. The newly commissioned officers then receive their first salute, a long standing tradition, from a person selected by that officer. Words cannot easily describe the magnitude and significance of these commissioning ceremonies which symbolize the culmination of four long years of training and the beginning of a term of service. Special guests included MIT President Susan Hockfield, and General David H. Petraeus, Commander of U.S. Central Command.


The Air Force ROTC commissioned the following officers:

Second Lieutenant Paul Estrada, USAF
Second Lieutenant Rachel Kolesnikov-Lindsey, USAF
Second Lieutenant Eric Lanser, USAF
Second Lieutenant Erik Lin-Greenberg, USAF

The Army ROTC commissioned the following officers:

Second Lieutenant Vikram Mittal, USA
Second Lieutenant Stephen Petraeus, USA
Second Lieutenant Gregory Wellman, USA

The Naval ROTC commissioned the following officers:

Ensign Vanessa Esch, USN
Ensign Matthew Petersen, USN
Ensign Juliana Rotter, USN
Ensign Thomas Schaefer, USN
Second Lieutenant Stephen Toth, USMC

Many of our Second Lieutenants and Ensigns will move on to their assignments over the next few months. Good luck to all of you and Godspeed.