Honoring veterans and military personnel on Veterans Day

Nov. 9, 2023

From the Office of the President, Jayathi Y. Murthy

Dear OSU Community Members,

Please join me Friday, Nov. 10, in celebrating Veterans Day and by recognizing the many contributions of our nation’s veterans and the continuing service of U.S. active-duty military personnel across the world.

Veterans and active-duty personnel are valued members of the Oregon State University community. They include students, faculty, staff and volunteers in a variety of OSU programs. The graduating class of 2023 included 193 veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

This fall, 1,527 veterans are enrolled at Oregon State. They make up 4.4% of all students enrolled in Corvallis, Bend and Ecampus. Another 214 students are enrolled in Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps ROTC programs in Corvallis and Bend, continuing the proud tradition of educating and training military leaders that earned Oregon State the title “West Point of the West” during World War II. OSU is ranked in the top 5% nationally for veterans and active-duty military by College Factual.

Oregon State has earned its reputation as a veteran- and military-friendly university by providing support and resources specifically for these students. These include services to help students maximize their military education benefits, flexible course scheduling for active-duty personnel and resources to help veterans make a successful transition from the military to college and career. OSU’s Military and Veteran Resource Center in Corvallis, Veterans Lounge at OSU-Cascades, along with student clubs, build community and camaraderie for students in Corvallis, Bend and online. We remain firmly committed to supporting these programs and facilities.

And through a featured initiative within the Believe It campaign, the OSU Foundation is raising funds to support veteran and military students.

This week, OSU has recognized veterans and active-duty personnel on the Corvallis campus with a veteran employee breakfast, along with mental health and wellness programming and a resource fair at the Military and Veteran Resource Center in Snell Hall. On Saturday, the OSU Alumni Association will honor veterans at its inaugural Beavs, Brews and BBQs event at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center before the Beavers take on the Stanford Cardinal.

Finally, in a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, the Military and Veteran Resource Center will become the Holcomb Center. This honors U.S. Army Sgt. John N. Holcomb, who had been an Oregon State University student before serving in Vietnam. Holcomb was killed in action in 1968 and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty. 

I hope you will join me Friday in reflecting on the service, sacrifice and many contributions of these veterans and active-duty personnel to our nation and to Oregon State University. 


Jayathi Y. Murthy

600 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331