GENESEO – When RIT ROTC students first volunteered at the National Warplane Museum over this past winter, they instantly found themselves enveloped in the airplanes and culture of WWII.
Commissionees Sarah Brown, Joseph Fitzpatrick, Matthew Frizzell, Benjamin Grimsley, Christopher Gullo, Benjamin Kraines, Eric Reese, Alex Resnick, and Wayne Starr at first helped with paperwork and office work at the museum, but after a few visits couldn’t resist the opportunity to get inside the historic warbirds themselves. Though all other RIT ROTC graduation ceremonies had taken place on RIT’s campus, the students could think of no better place to graduate than the museum itself.
“They said ‘this is cool, but we’d like to get our hands dirty,” said Jamieson Steele, Display and Collection Manager at the Museum. “It was an honor to have them here, really special.”
Over 150 people attended. Partyman Catering out of Avon provided refreshments.
The commissionees gave a commemorative coin inset with their names to Donna Walker, who handled all of the Museum’s arrangements.
Many volunteers were on hand to help and give tours during the event.