First State Military Academy holds induction ceremony

CLAYTON — First State Military Academy held its fifth annual induction ceremony on Friday, Sept. 20.

The ceremony is a formal recognition of all freshmen and first-year cadets at the school, while returning cadets reaffirm purpose and commitment during the Cadet Oath.

Commanding general, U.S. Marine Corps Training and Education Command, Maj. Ge. William F. Mullen, the guest speaker, told the cadets to remember three things — “make good choices, never stop learning and finally — never quit.”

Maj. Gen. Mullen also had the honor of promoting six cadets in new ranks during the ceremony on the Clayton campus. Additionally, the general presented quarterly awards to 16 cadets for performance during the final marking period of the 2018-2019 school year.

Delaware’s Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Michael Berry also spoke during the ceremony.

“From this day forward, strive to excel in everything you are asked to do. Do not simply meet the standards, exceed the standards,” he said to the cadets and more than 300 family and friends.

Maj. Berry then presented to senior class their school rings.

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