Cadet Class 122 celebrated its graduation Friday, adding 52 new troopers to the Illinois State Police ranks.
Friday's graduation was the third of the year. Troopers accepted the oath of office in front of their family and friends and were greeted by ISP Director Hiram Grau and the ISP command staff. They also took part in the bell ringing ceremony, which commemorates the rite of passage from the ISP Academy.
"Today we welcome these new members into the ranks of the ISP. They stand here proud of their accomplishment, ready and willing to answer a higher calling of service to the community," Director Grau said. "Joining with them are the families who provide much in the way of support and will also become part of the ISP family."
This is the first cadet class graduating under new legislation that allows veterans who have received an Afghan or Iraqi campaign medal to apply without earning a college degree. The applicants have been honorably discharged and met the collegiate educational requirement for employment. Sixteen of the class' troopers are veterans and eight were hired under the new law.
The troopers will report to patrol districts throughout the state on Monday.
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