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Senior airman and Veteran Success Center coordinator Thomas Cruise, wife Ashley Cruise, and daughter Haven Cruise stand for a photo in front of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Eglin Ari Force Base, Florida.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been named a 2021–22 Military Spouse Friendly School.

UT is one of 194 schools selected for the recognition and one of the 747 schools designated a Military Friendly School, which the university announced last month. UT also received Military Friendly’s highest designation of a gold award ranking.

A Military Spouse Friendly school is recognized for its leading practices, outcomes, and effective programs for military spouses, including retention, graduation, job placement, and persistence. The list is published annually based on extensive research using public data sources, student veteran input, and survey responses.

“Our center and staff are here not only for student veterans but their spouses and families, too,” said Jayetta Rogers, director of UT’s Veterans Success Center. “We want them to be engaged and get connected to our office, as well as the entire campus community, to ensure their academic and personal success. Our office is always available to ease the transition.”

Established in 2017, the Veterans Success Center is uniquely qualified to enrich the transition to UT for student veterans and military-affiliated students with tailored services that enhance academic success and holistic development. The center supports more than a thousand Vol veterans and military-affiliated spouses and children, including active duty, Army Reserve and National Guard, military families, and survivors.

“I am grateful for the work the Veterans Success Center staff does to enhance the experience for veterans and their families as they meet their academic and career goals,” said Amber Williams, vice provost for student success.

For more information, visit the Veterans Success Center website.


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