Dr. Sterling Claypoole, right, a representative of Project SOUTH and an instructor at South Arkansas Community College, gives military veteran Jerry Martin the first commencement cord for graduating SouthArk students who are veterans. The cords are to be worn during graduation exercises at the college. Fall commencement is at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the El Dorado Conference Center. Four other veterans also will be recognized with the cords. SouthArk recently was designated as a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media.