Corps of Cadets Black Alumni Panel
Come hear the stories of three black alumni of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Their perseverance through trials and challenges led them to achieve great success, and their stories inspire those who follow in their footsteps.
Cheryl J. Rawls of the Class of 1984 commissioned into the U.S. Army and served as a personnel officer. She joined the Veterans Administration in 1999 as a management analyst and worked her way up. Today, she is the director of the pension and fiduciary service for the Veterans Benefit Administration, which oversees the VA's pension program and fiduciary program.
Ericke Cage of the Class of 2002 was among the first graduating class of the corps' Citizen-Leader Track program for cadets not seeking a military commission. He went on to earn a law degree and worked for more than a decade in public policy. Today, Cage is the executive advisor to the president and Board of Visitors of Norfolk State University and the university ombudsman.
Marine Corps Maj Tyson Griffith of the Class of 2006 has served as the Marine Tactical Electronic Warefare Squadron 1 based at Cherry Point, North Carolina, and deployed to Europe and Asia. He next moved to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he deployed to the Middle East. Griffith is currently an aircraft mishap investigator with Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.