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Boston’s Commissioner of Veterans’ Services Visits BHCC’s Veterans Center

Monday, August 12, 2019

Robert Santiago, Commissioner of Veteran’s Services for the City of Boston, visited Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) on July 22 to meet fellow veterans and military service members who are attending BHCC. The BHCC Veterans Center provides veterans, active duty military, Guard/Reservists and their eligible dependents specialized customer service and a smooth transition to BHCC.

Robert Santiago BHCC August 12, 2019

Photo Caption: (From Left to Right) William Cribby, BHCC Assistant Dean of Student Services; Pam Eddinger, PhD., BHCC President; Robert Santiago, Commissioner of Veteran’s Services for the City of Boston; James Canniff, BHCC Provost and Vice President; Misael Carrasquillo, Special Programs Coordinator, BHCC Veterans Center; and Julie Elkins, BHCC Dean of Student Services.

Santiago was appointed to the position of Commissioner of Veterans’ Services in April. He is the first Puerto Rican and LGBTQ Veterans' Commissioner in the City's history. Before joining the Mayor's Office of Veterans' Services, Santiago served 20 years in the Navy in diverse duty stations including sea duty on four warships, and overseas tours in Belgium, Puerto Rico, Panama and Japan. Santiago participated in Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Eastern Exit, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. His final duty station was in Boston onboard America's Ship of State, the USS Constitution, which is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. He retired from military service in 2008 while onboard USS Constitution. Santiago also attended BHCC in 2008.

Misael Carrasquillo, Special Programs Coordinator for BHCC’s Veterans Center, welcomed Santiago to the campus. Santiago toured the facility and met with BHCC students who use the services of the Veterans Center. Carrasquillo also gave a presentation of the Veterans Center that included testimonials of BHCC alumni who are veterans and had a successful experience at BHCC, graduated and transferred to a four-year university. At the end of the visit, Santiago gave the students challenge coins and ensured that he will be of any support that they need.

Santiago is on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Veterans Services Officer Association and is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Santiago is also a member of the leadership team for the Homes for the Brave initiative which is part of the Mayors Challenge to end Veteran Homelessness.

Each semester, nearly 400 veterans enroll in classes at BHCC. In 2017 and 2018, BHCC earned the Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. ® Jobs, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. The BHCC Veterans Center will hold information sessions for any veteran, active duty service members, Guard/Reservists and their dependents who are interested in attending Bunker Hill Community College. Visit bhcc.edu/veterans to learn more about the BHCC Veterans Center.

BHCC Veterans Center Information Sessions:

August 13, 2019                      2:30 p.m.                     Charlestown Campus, E232

August 20, 2019                      2:30 p.m.                     Charlestown Campus, E232

August 22, 2019                      2:30 p.m.                     Charlestown Campus, E232

August 29, 2019                      2:30 p.m.                     Charlestown Campus, E232

Media Contact:
Karen M. Norton, Executive Director of Integrated Marketing and Communications
Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 228-2177; Email: kmnorton@bhcc.mass.edu


Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 19,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, three satellite locations and a number of instructional centers throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 1,000 international students who come from 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages.