Shaniqua Walton Receives Gold Bars During Commissioning Ceremony
May 31, 2012 –
Shaniqua Walton, a Shaw University student, was recently commissioned
as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Ms. Walton recited the
Oath of Office and received her gold bars at a commissioning ceremony
held during Shaw’s commencement weekend.
Lt. Walton, a native of Groton, Connecticut will be branching Signal
Corps and stationed at
Fort Drum, New York. During her commissioning ceremony, she recounted
her first bus ride to Shaw University with “two duffle bags and a
pillow,” and thanked her family and friends for supporting her
educational journey. She also told her Shaw Bears and Falcon
Battalion family that she will always keep them close to her heart.
Colonel Joshua Jones, a 1987 Shaw University graduate, was the featured
speaker for the
ceremony. He imparted several words of wisdom for Second Lt. Walton,
including “to let her soldiers know how much she cared, rather than how
much she knew,” and “to listen and gain insight from the knowledgeable
non-commissioned officers who have served more
years in the Army than she, as they would be willing to do whatever is
necessary to help her.” Her parents, Jeannettia Hunt and Terry Walton
pinned on her gold bars, while Army ROTC Senior Military Instructor
Master Sergeant Marcus Macon conducted the First
Second Lt. Walton received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Shaw.