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Seven W&L Graduates Commissioned into Military

Several hours after they received their diplomas in front of Lee Chapel, seven members of Washington and Lee’s Class of 2013 filed inside the chapel to participate in commissioning ceremonies.

Two graduates were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Marine Corps: Connor Smithson, of Cary, N.C., and Lee Brett, of Raleigh, N.C.

And five graduates who participated in Army ROTC with VMI’s Marshall-New Market Battalion were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army: Nick Cianciolo, of Cincinnati; Parker Mangold, of Westport, Mass.; Brian Ross, of Brick, N.J.; Marissa Thompson, of Chatham, N.J.; and Sasha Vandalov, of Vienna, Va.