Weeklong Performances, Events, Workshops Honor Student Vets at San Diego Mesa College

With 1,200 students receiving veteran’s benefits each semester, San Diego Mesa College has one of the largest student Veterans populations of all public and private higher education institutions in the nation. The college will honor its student veterans during weeklong events held Monday through Thursday, Nov. 7-10.


The events will open with the Kearny High School Army JROTC and a keynote address from Professor Donald Abbott, Retired Commander, USN, comments from student veteran Nicholas Todd and a flag ceremony. Workshops, resource booths and talks will continue throughout the week, culminating with a musical tribute by Mesa College students.



Mesa College Veteran's Week Events

Monday-Thursday, Cafeteria Quad 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Interviews with and photos of student Veterans available


Monday November 7   

  • Kearny High School Army, JROTC Color Guard, 11:00-11:15 a.m. Cafeteria Quad
    Keynote Address: Prof. Donald Abbott, (Commander, USN, Ret.) Student Veteran Nicholas Todd, (Petty Officer, USCG, Ret.) 11:15-11:30 a.m. H-117/118
  • Flag Ceremony 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Cafeteria Quad   
  • VA Resource Booth; VA Factoids 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Cafeteria Quad                  


Tuesday November 8   

  • Transfer Workshop: Veterans Services University Panel, 11:00 a.m.-12 noon H-117/118     
    Workshop “Financial Aid Literacy, ”12-1:00 p.m. H-117/118                                              
  • Career Workshop: “Career Conversations with Veterans”1:00-2:00 p.m. H-117/118            
  • VA Resource Booth; VA Factoids 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Cafeteria Quad      

Wednesday November 9

  • Health Services Workshop, Speaker: Dr. Amy J. Jak,  Director of Traumatic Brain, Injury (TBI), Cognitive Rehabilitation , VA San Diego; Asst. Prof., Psychiatry, UCSD, 12-1:00 p.m. H 117/118      
  • VA Resource Booth; VA Factoids 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m. Cafeteria Quad

Thursday November 10

  • Patriotic Musical Performance by Mesa College Students 11:00-11:15 a.m., Free Speech Stage
  • Student Panel 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Free Speech Stage       
  • Essay Contest Winners Announced 12:30 p.m., Free Speech Stage
  •  VA Resource Booth; VA Factoids 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Cafeteria Quad

Weeklong in the Quad: Information tables: Hosted by the Veterans Administration; National Veterans Transition Services, Inc., and representatives from military and veteran-friendly four-year institutions including Argosy and Phoenix universities.