On Nov. 6, St. John’s commemorated 100 years of the Cadet Corps program at The Cadet Corps Centennial: A Celebration of Leadership.
This historic event included more than 1,000 alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends of St. John’s and was the largest gathering of the St. John’s community in school history. It was held at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC.
The evening began with a ceremony inducting 35 cadet colonels into the new Cadet Colonel Society, the beginning of a new St. John’s tradition. From now on, each cadet colonel will be inducted into the society at graduation. Alumni Jim O’Connell ’73, Joe Serra ’91 and Rich Sanders ’89 helped to form the idea for the society and organize the former cadet colonels.
At this black-tie gala, St. John’s celebrated the 100-year history of the military program, honoring those who founded it, the alumni who carried on the tradition and the students and faculty that keep it alive today. The school also announced the new CSM John McConnell Scholarship, named in honor of the man who has led the St. John’s Cadet Corps program for the last 14 years.
In addition, St. John’s honored four alumni with the President’s Medal, the school’s highest honor. It is awarded to distinguished alumni and friends of the school who have given extraordinary service to St. John's or to the world community. The 2015 honorees include VADM Manson Brown ’74 (Ret.), Msgr. John Enzler ’65, Gen. Stanley McChrystal ’72 (Ret.) and John Veihmeyer ’73. Click here to read bios about each of these outstanding alumni.
At the end of the program, St. John’s President Jeff Mancabelli shared the school’s master plan to transform its arts, academic and athletic facilities. He then introduced Kevin Plank ’90, founder and CEO of Under Armour, who spoke about his own St. John’s experience. Plank also announced a $16 million gift to St. John’s from The Cupid Foundation, his private foundation, which will launch the second phase of the school’s master plan. The second phase primarily supports capital projects, including new state-of-the-art athletic facilities, tuition assistance and the new Entrepreneurial Center. To read more about this exciting new phase for St. John’s, click here.