On June 16, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy hosted its annual Black & Gold Ceremony, celebrating the educational accomplishments of its graduates, including 193 Excelsior College students, in the Class of 2018. One of Excelsior College’s instructional faculty members, The Honorable M. Sue Kurita, presiding judge of El Paso County Court at Law, No. 6, provided this year’s Speaker Address.
The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy is the senior enlisted school for the Army. It is a 42-week military course preparing Career Senior Enlisted Soldiers to be promoted to the rank of E9 Sergeants Major and Command Sergeant Major. The Sergeants Major Academy is located at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
Excelsior College offers on-site classroom courses to support associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs. A new class arrives each August and graduates in June. In addition to their military/academy academic course requirements, most soldiers also pursue voluntary education.
Excelsior College has offered advising and student support services at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy since 1994 and has provided on-site classroom courses since 2009. “More than 3,200 Excelsior College degrees have been earned by 2,706 graduates of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy since Excelsior’s partnership with the Academy began in 1994,” says Susan Dewan, assistant vice president for Student Success and Military Services at Excelsior College.