In honor of our nation's veterans

As our nation honors U.S. military veterans, past and present, this Veterans Day, I extend my gratitude to those in the Cornell community--faculty, students, staff, and alumni--who have served our country in the armed forces.

In keeping with our status as a land-grant university and our founding aspiration to be an institution where “any person can find instruction in any study,” Cornell has welcomed veterans to the university from its inception and has provided military training and education to help keep the pipeline of well-educated military personnel full. Cornellians have served their country with distinction in every major armed conflict since the Spanish American war.

Today Cornell veterans, including faculty, staff, and those studying here, can connect with their peers and find programs and services through the Cornell military web portal. In addition, through the leadership of Cornell Provost Michael Kotlikoff and with the support of our alumni veterans and their allies on campus, the university is looking to quadruple the number of veterans enrolled as Cornell undergraduates by 2020. We are enhancing recruitment strategies and augmenting the resources available to assist enrolled military veterans in making a successful transition to academic life.

On this national holiday, as we honor those who have served our nation in the military, I am pleased to reaffirm the university’s commitment to welcoming and supporting U.S. military veterans, and I invite you to join me in thanking Cornell’s veterans for all they have done on behalf of us all.

Martha E. Pollack