Wake Forest University Schools of Business honored veterans during a celebration in the Worrell Professional Center Courtyard on November 9. Retired Marine Rob Duryea (MBA ’12) organized the event to recognize students, faculty and staff who have served their country. Classmate and Navy veteran Matt Peck (MBA ’12) encouraged Duryea to follow up last year’s Marine Birthday celebration with an event this year recognizing all Schools of Business veterans who served in the various branches of the military.
Duryea said Wake Forest provides a great transition from the military to a civilian career. “The environment here of values-based leadership, teamwork, and a greater sense of purpose resonates with retired service members at our school,” he said.
He noted that several classmates recently joined him in a charity run in memory of a friend’s son who was killed in combat last year in Afghanistan.
Duryea reminded students, faculty and staff in attendance to thank veterans for their “patriotism, love of country and willingness to sacrifice for the common good.” Speaking directly to fellow veterans in the audience he said, “You gave up something to come here, let your actions speak louder than your words.”
Attendees of the celebration, including fellow Marine veteran and Dean of Business Steve Reinemund, watched as Duryea used his Marine sword to cut the first piece of cake.
Wake Forest University Schools of Business salutes and thanks all veterans for their service!