Student Veterans Center

About the Student Veterans Center

Since its founding in 1831, Xavier University has produced and supported thousands of Veterans, many of whom paid the ultimate price in defense of our nation. The Student Veterans Center strives to provide the current Student Veterans and military affiliated students of Xavier University a safe, studious, and recreational setting. Located on campus at the Conaton Learning Commons in room 529, the Student Veterans Center offers Student Veterans and military affiliated students a space of their own.

The Center provides students the ideal place to unwind, connect with fellow student veterans and military affiliated students, and to access the myriad resources the staff make available on a personalized basis. The Student Veteran Center has comfortable space for relaxing, desks for coursework, computers and printers available for use, as well as a conference room and offices for group projects.

The Student Veterans Center has multiple resources available to both Student Veterans and military affiliated students including financial aid and planning, academic advising, and career coaching.

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Mission

The Xavier University Student Veterans Center provides unparalleled personalized support to enhance the educational experience of military affiliated students that results in unconditional success in the classroom and beyond.

2025 Vision

Xavier University is the National Center of Excellence for Student Veterans Centers and is in the top 1% of Military-Affiliated programs in the Nation.  Military affiliated students comprise 10% of the student population and are exceeding all University standards for success while in school and after graduation.  Military affiliated students have access to modern facilities and infrastructure, full-time benefits career counselors and a mentorship program that enhances their experience at Xavier and facilitates success within the values of the Jesuit tradition


Alumni Spotlight

General Michael X. Garrett

Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command

As commander of the U.S. Army’s largest organization, he commands 215,000 active-duty soldiers and 190,000 members of the U.S. Army Reserve while providing training and readiness oversight of the Army National Guard. In total, the Forces Command team includes 745,000 soldiers and 96,000 civilians.

The son of an Army command sergeant major, Garrett has spent his entire life in and around the Army. A career infantryman, Garrett received his commission in 1984 upon graduating from Xavier University. Following his initial military training courses, including Ranger, Pathfinder, and Jumpmaster, he served his formative years in the 75th Ranger Regiment. Over the course of 11 years, Garrett served in and wore the Scroll of each of the Regiment’s three Ranger Battalions.

Garrett commanded 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. He also activated and commanded the “Spartan Brigade,” 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Fort Richardson, Alaska, and deployed the unit to support Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006.

Beginning in 2013, Garrett spent six consecutive years focused on military operations in the Middle East, first as chief of staff, U.S. Central Command, and later as commanding general, U.S. Army Central and Coalition Forces Land Component Command.

Garrett holds a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University, and his military education includes U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a Senior Service College Fellowship.