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U.S. Marine Corps

Smooth progress from U.S. Marine, to veteran to W&M student

Philip Sheldon, 26, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan and Romania, lived overseas in Senegal, Italy and Ethiopia, where his father served as a U.S. diplomat, and has visited 25 countries. He is not your usual College of William and Mary student.

He is a veteran, a non-traditional student, who chose the college because, as he said in a recent interview with the Gazette, “It is a storied institution that espouses academic rigor. To that end, I knew that I would meet students that were the top of their class in high school and that would challenge me to improve myself each and every day.”

Sheldon has been motivated since his teens by examples of service to his...