May 23, 2017
Communications and Marketing
Saint Anselm College graduates Zachary Morgan and Nicholas Papsadora have been commissioned into the United States Military.
On Friday, May 19, Morgan was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer. His ceremony was at the University of New Hampshire, the host program for Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps. Morgan will attend the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Sill, Okla. for five months. Upon completion of training, he will be stationed at Fort Campbell as a field artillery officer in the 101st Airborne Division. The resident of Eastham, Mass., received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in international business from Saint Anselm College at the 124th commencement on Saturday, May 20.
Papsadora was commissioned as a United States Marine, with the rank of 2nd lieutenant. Prior to receiving his diploma at the college's commencement, Papsadora was recognized in a ceremony attended by his family and dozens of classmates who enthusiastically cheered their friend.
Papsadora's father, Thomas, and his mother, Dottie, pinned 2nd lieutenant insignia on his uniform. The first salute was exchanged between Papsadora and his uncle, Frank Papsadora, a 1st lieutenant (ret.) in the U.S. Marines, who wore his Marine dress uniform for the event.
The mameluke sword, a symbol of the U.S. Marines since the branch's campaign over 200 years ago in Tripoli, a city in what is now Libya, was presented to Papsadora by his father. Awarding the distinctive curved sword is considered one of the most honored traditions in the U.S. Marine Corps.
U.S. Marine Captain Jacob Nihart read the commission warrant for the ceremony; Gunnery Sergeant Drew Berryman administered the commissioning oath of office.
Papsadora thanked Dr. Steve DiSalvo, president of Saint Anselm College, for being a mentor, and expressed his appreciation for others "who helped him appreciate what an officer is and should be."
A resident of Saco, Maine, Papsadora graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree as a double-major in international business and Spanish. He will continue to Marine Corps Base Quantico for officer training.
At Saint Anselm College's 124th commencement exercises, speaker and honorary degree recipient Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo addressed 442 members of the class of 2017, offering them advice on the next phase of their lives.
As former president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Woo led the Catholic community's international humanitarian agency in the United State from 2012-2016.
On the lawn in front of Alumni Hall, the college bestowed a Doctorate of Humanities, honoris causa on Woo. In addition, Saint Anselm conferred a Doctor Divinity on the Most Reverend Robert Barron, and a Doctor of Humane Letters on Sister Thomas Welder, O.S.B.