Cadet First Class Evan M. Richter of Cherry Hill was one of 229 cadets who graduated last week from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., with a bachelor of science degree in government.
During commencement exercises, graduates of the Class of 2011 received their commission as ensigns in the U.S. Coast Guard from President Barack Obama.
A 2007 graduate of Cherry Hill High School East, Richter is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Richter of Cherry Hill.
Richter’s first tour of duty will be aboard Coast Guard Cutter Munro, Kodiak, Ala.
“I feel honored to have attended such a prestigious institution and look forward to serving my country and the people of the United States,” Richter said.
“While my training was difficult at times, support from my friends and family motivated me to continue.”
The Coast Guard Academy’s mission is to educate, develop, train and inspire leaders of character.
In order to graduate officers of the highest caliber, the Academy offers a comprehensive program that emphasizes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership. Graduates go directly to positions of leadership in the Coast Guard and are obligated to eight years service, five of which must be active duty.