The Fort Knox 5th annual all-schools college graduation ceremony honoring 51 recent graduates was held in Waybur Theater Oct. 15, 2021.
The Fort Knox 5th annual all-schools college graduation ceremony honoring 51 recent graduates was held in Waybur Theater Oct. 15, 2021. (Photo Credit: Jenn DeHaan, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT KNOX, Ky. – The recipients of 51 college degrees and certificates from several different colleges and universities were honored at one combined ceremony in Fort Knox’s Waybur Theater Oct. 15.

The graduates represented 24 different schools and included a mother-daughter pair receiving their doctorates together, and one man who had been working toward his degree for more than four decades. Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Newell was selected as the ceremony’s student speaker, who at the age of 74 had begun his college path many years earlier.

“It’s been a long road, though maybe a lot of yours weren’t as long as mine was,” said Newell. “You’ve got to have passion. For somebody who started this avenue in 1976, it ended up being a little harder for me than I expect it was for you. It’s passion that’s kept me going.”

Speakers at the Army Education Center’s 5th annual all-schools college graduation ceremony Oct. 15, 2021 included U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox Commander Maj. Gen. Johnny Davis and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Newell, who received his degree at the age of 74 during the event.
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Speakers at the Army Education Center’s 5th annual all-schools college graduation ceremony Oct. 15, 2021 included U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox Commander Maj. Gen. Johnny Davis and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Newell, who received his degree at the age of 74 during the event. (Photo Credit: Jenn DeHaan, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL
Speakers at the Army Education Center’s 5th annual all-schools college graduation ceremony Oct. 15, 2021 included U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox Commander Maj. Gen. Johnny Davis and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Newell, who received his degree at the age of 74 during the event.
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Commanding General of U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox Maj. Gen. Johnny Davis served as the event keynote speaker. He offered words of encouragement and pride to the graduates.

“Achieving a higher education does not stop when you earn a degree. Be tireless to learn new things throughout your life. Be a lifelong learner,” said Davis. “Choosing to further your education is a big deal. I’m proud of each and every one of you, and I know you’re going to go out and spread your greatness across the world.

“Congratulations, and thank you for your selfless service and dedication.”

The Army Education Center organizes the annual all-schools college graduation ceremony for current and former military members who wish to participate.