Student Veterans Clean Tombstones

Volunteers cleaning tombstones

Northern Michigan University's branch of the national Student Veterans of America organization, along with several local volunteers, cleaned about 50 veteran tombstones at Holy Cross Cemetery in Marquette on Saturday. 

NMU is part of a network of more than 1,500 on-campus Student Veterans of America chapters whose unified goal is to ensure that student veterans and military-connected students achieve their greatest potential.

On a related note, Northern ranked 2nd among small public universities nationwide that were designated 2020-21 Military Friendly Schools by VIQTORY Media. This was Northern's third-consecutive appearance in the Top 10 and its highest placement. 

The Military Friendly Schools designation honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that provide benefits for military and veteran students.

In order to be ranked, educational institutions complete an extensive survey covering 10 indicators of success, which include support for student veterans on campus, graduation and employment outcomes and military spouse policies.

NMU was rated more than 97% above the benchmark standards for Military Friendly for “culture and commitment.” It was rated 90% above the benchmark for academic policies and compliance, as well as admissions and orientation, and nearly 85% for military student support and retention. 

For more information on NMU's veteran services and benefits, visit



Closeup of a tombstone
Closeup of a tombstone
The full group of volunteers at Holy Cross Cemetery
The full group of volunteers at Holy Cross Cemetery
Prepared By

Kristi Evans
News Director

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