Veteran Students Tie the Knot on Campus

Posted: Friday, July 31st 2015 at 8:43 AM

Originally planned for August 15, Michelle Hagan (‘15 ECO) and Justin Johnson, accountancy major, were married on campus in the School of Hotel and Restaurant (SHRM) patio on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The ceremony was made possible with help from Laurie Jordon, Veteran Student Center program manager; Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Andrew Griffin, director of military and veteran affairs; and personnel from the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (EMSA), SHRM, The W. A. Franke College of Business and the NAU Veteran Success Center.

“When I had mentioned to LTC Griffin how Justin and I were stressed out from the planning, he and Laurie offered to throw us something small and beautiful here on campus,” Michelle said.

“We learned, because of a limited budget, they were going to the Justice of the Peace to share their vows,” LTC Griffin said.

The campus ceremony was more ideal for the happy couple anyways because they had initially wanted to get married at the place where they first met. When it was decided that it would be held on SHRM’s back patio, Shawnna Multine, office specialist senior, and Kelli Westerdahl, industry and alumni liaison, began searching Pinterest for DIY decorations.

“People from across campus donated their time, money and talents to help us have the wedding of our dreams,” Michelle said.

Josh Carlson, one of Michelle's co-workers at EMSA, was the DJ; Christine Drake, FCB Office of Academic Services coordinator, took pictures of the ceremony and reception; Pam Ramos, FCB assistant director of development, helped with decorations; and Scott Heflin, program coordinator senior of the Military and Veteran Virtual Center, along with Kate Floreman from EMSA were also instrumental to the success of the wedding.

And in continuing with the military veteran theme, the ceremony was officiated by Reverend Bob Norton, a retired Air Force military chaplain.

Congratulations to two of FCB’s students and good luck for the future!

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