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USF Hosted U.S. Department of State Spokesperson, USF Alumnus John Kirby for Veterans Week

Rear Admiral John Kirby (U.S. Navy Ret.) served as keynote speaker at Veterans Day Ceremony.


TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2015) The University of South Florida welcomed Rear Admiral John Kirby (U.S. Navy Ret.), Spokesperson for the Department of State, back to campus during its annual Veterans Week celebration. The USF alumnus and St. Petersburg native was the Veterans Day Ceremony keynote speaker at the 2015 Veterans Day Ceremony that took place in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom A.

Kirby also participated in a campus conversation on global security, titled “U.S. Foreign Policy in a Turbulent World” at the Patel Center for Global and was moderated by Dr. Michael Decker of the USF History Department.

Retiring from the Navy in May 2015 with the rank of Rear Admiral, Kirby was appointed as the Spokesperson for the Department of State on May 12, 2015. He previously served as Pentagon Press Secretary, serving for more than a year as the chief spokesman for the Department of Defense and for former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. More information about his career may be found here.

USF is often recognized as one of the nation’s most veteran friendly universities and is home to one of the nation’s largest student veteran populations, with nearly 2,000. Sponsored by the Office of Veterans Services, USF’s Veterans Week programs aim to honor the bravery and sacrifice of these students and all those who have served in the United States military. 

Other key events included the popular annual Chili Cook-Off. In it's 6th year, participants throughout campus cooked up their best chili recipes and vied for the title of top chili chef. Attendees sampled the chili, voted for their favorite and cheered on the judges as the top winners were selected. View a slideshow of the event.


The University of South Florida continues to celebrate our veterans at the upcoming home football game on Nov. 14.

Salute to Service Football Game: USF vs. Temple

Saturday, Nov. 14, Game Time TBD, Raymond James Stadium

Featuring a special in-game presentation honoring the veterans and active duty military who have served our nation.

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