Auxiliary University Program Graduation

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Auxiliary University Programs graduation at The College of William and Mary – 2012.  The five graduates constituted the largest AUP class to date of any school, including the first two students (Nick Zaremba and Devin Hernandez) to complete a full four-year program of study, having joined in 2008 when the program was first launched.

Article by Auxiliarist Andrew Welch, Arlington, VA

Of note is the diversity of background and contribution that these five have made.  They include one Hispanic-American, one African-American, and one Azerbaijani-American.  They also include two who concentrated on boat operations, two who concentrated on marine safety, and one who concentrated on inspections.

Official USCG Auxiliary photos.

They were joined at the graduation ceremony by their instructors and undergraduate shipmates.  They, with their shipmates from other Auxiliary University Program affiliated schools, have planted the Coast Guard’s flag at colleges around the country.  I was immensely proud to have served as the officer in charge at the College of William and Mary in 2008 when this class had been freshmen.  Truly humbling, and inspiring.

The College of William and Mary, my alma mater, thank you for the opportunity to come home.  To the students, instructors, staff, university officials, parents, friends, and most especially the graduates that make this invaluable program such a success – I thank you for your service.

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  1. VFC Michael Freeman says:

    Nice work! Auburn University graduated three young men this year with two headed to work in law enforcement and one in the fire service. We have another member of our group who is scheduled to report to basic training in August.

    The AUP is doing a great service to the Coast Guard and the community.

    Semper Paratus!

  2. Baskin Cooper says:

    Very inspiring! Good work, graduates.

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