RUTHERFORD, NJ – The Felician University Veterans Advisory Council proudly hosted its 2nd Annual Veterans Day Ruck March on Friday, November 11, 2022. Veterans, students, faculty, and staff accompanied President Jim Crawford, a retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral, in making the four-mile trek from the Lodi campus to the Rutherford campus.
This year, Soldiers from northern New Jersey under the Command of Captain Christopher Delgado of the U.S. Army Newark Recruiting Company Mid-Atlantic Battalion, joined the ruck wearing full gear. Keynote speakers at the ceremony following the march included Rutherford Police Chief John Russo and retired Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire.
The Ruck March was started by the Veterans Advisory Council as way to uniquely commemorate Veterans Day and support veteran students as they work toward their degree. Sponsors of the march included Inserra Supermarkets, Positive Electric Company, New York Life, Wallington PBA, All Shore Screen Printing, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Leo McGuire, Phil DeNicola, and the Alfred M. Fiume Foundation. All proceeds go to the Felician University Veteran Students Fund.
Jason Fermin ’17, a Marine and Army veteran and chair of the Veterans Advisory Council remarked, “My experience at Felician was outstanding and positively affected my journey in work and life. We are grateful to everyone here today as well as all those who supported this effort so that more veterans can achieve a better station in life through education. There is no better thank you for a veteran.” Mr. Fermin is a detective with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.
To learn more about Felician University’s programs for veterans go to https://felician.edu/admissions/veterans-services/.
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Felician University inspires and engages more than 2,100 undergraduate, graduate, and adult education students through programs in the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Business & Information Sciences, Nursing, and Education. Over the past five years, Felician University has ranked 3rd among private institutions in New Jersey for best value according to payscale.com and #1 Safest College Campus in New Jersey according to niche.com. The Master of Science in Nursing program is ranked one of the best online graduate nursing programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Felician University was designated as a Military Friendly School (Gold Status) for the ninth year recognizing its strong support for Veteran students. The university is recognized for its diversity as an HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and MSI (Minority Serving Institution), having underrepresented students comprise more than half of the student population. With campuses in Rutherford and Lodi, New Jersey, the Franciscan values of social justice, compassion, and respect for human dignity serve as an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow’s leaders. For more information, please visit https://felician.edu.