The 2007 Oklahoma State University Fall Convocation, a ceremony honoring exemplary performance by faculty and staff members over the past year, included a special, national student recognition.

Jeffrey Swinford, a business management senior, received the Commandant’s Trophy, the U.S. Marine Corps’ award for superior performance at Officer Candidate School. Initiated in 1957, the trophy recognizes members of each Platoon Leaders Class who distinguish themselves during summer training.

Swinford graduated first among all officer candidates nationwide in the 2007 Senior Platoon Leaders Class at Marine Base Quantico, Va.

Swinford is a member of the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He is applying to law school with aspirations to become a judge advocate in the Marine Corps.

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