Two ECSU Graduates Receive Army Officer Commissions

Officer Commissioning Spring 2017

Two Elizabeth City State University graduates have been commissioned as officers in the United States Army. Former ROTC Cadets Ryan Ferguson and Kourtney Hicks are now second lieutenants.

On Friday, May 12, in the second floor auditorium at the Ridley Student Center, family and friends of the commissioned officers gathered for the commissioning, officiated by ECSU alum, Col. Marvin Thorton.

Thorton, a 1990 graduate and Elizabeth City native, is currently serving on the Joint Staff as the Chief of Logistics Operations and Policy at the Pentagon. As an officer in the Army, Thorton reminded the newly commissioned officers that they are now and always will be officers and must carry themselves as such. As Viking alumni, Thorton also encouraged the graduates to remain loyal to their school, and to future Vikings.

“There is a lot of pride in being a military officer, and a lot of pride in being a Viking officer,” said Thorton.

Being an officer in the military, he said, is “an obligation” 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

“In or out of your uniform, you are an officer representing your country 24-hours a day. Act accordingly,” Thorton said.

And be loyal to your school, he told them. Bring back to ECSU the spirit and encouragement they received as students, and help future generations succeed.

Ferguson is a native of Elizabeth City. He joined the ROTC program in spring 2014. He graduated with a degree in social work, with a minor in military science.

Ferguson interned as a guidance counselor at River Road Middle School during the 2016-2017 school year. After working as support staff for the Cadet Summer Training program, Ferguson will attend the First Artillery Officer Leadership course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Hicks is from Newport News, Virginia. She transferred to ECSU in spring 2015.

In 2013 she joined the Virginia National Guard. She specialized at the Signal AIT School, graduating in the top 15 percent of her class.

She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the Computer Science Pi Byte Club, and the ECSU Viking Volunteer Corps. Hicks graduated with a degree in computer science, with a concentration in information systems.

After serving as support staff at the Cadet Summer Training program, Hicks will attend the Signal Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Gordon, Georgia.