New London — Mitchell College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Veteran Study Lounge on Thursday, Sept. 19, the college’s 75th Anniversary Founder's Day.
The space in the Duquès Center is dedicated for students who are service members and veterans. Former U.S. Congressman Rob Simmons, a retired U.S. Army colonel, joined Mitchell College President Mary Ellen Jukoski, faculty, staff, students and representatives from Home Depot for the ceremony to officially open the study lounge.
Simmons spoke about his experiences as a Vietnam veteran and the importance of finding community support in higher education. Jukoski said the lounge is “a resource where veterans and service members will meet, study and relax.”
“It offers a place where trust, support, and 'brother/sisterhood' can be found and fostered in an academic environment,” she said in a statement.
The college was once again recognized as a Military Friendly School recently. The Home Depot and Bob's Discount Furniture helped support the creation of the lounge.