Edgar Rivera ’00 B.S.
Both before and after his time studying at Rivier College, Edgar Rivera ’00 has served his country both at home and abroad. He was a member of the United States Army Reserves before coming to Rivier in 1997 at the age of 26. In the Army, he participated in a number of foreign service operations in Panama and Iraq.
When Rivera came to Rivier from his home in Puerto Rico, he stayed with a family member who lived in the Nashua area. Coming directly from military service, he found the move from military to civilian life seamless. “The College made it very smooth and welcomed me with open arms,” Rivera says. “The entire community was very helpful, and every aspect of my transition was stress-free. As a veteran, I really appreciated that.”
He found the education at Rivier was superb, citing the strong foundation in the liberal arts and solid training in the sciences. “It provided me a learning environment that was intellectually stimulating,” he says. Rivera completed his degree in three years, taking full course loads during the summer to accelerate the progress of his studies. In addition, he was a member of the College’s volleyball team.
Rivera maintained his ties to the military after graduating, re-enlisting with the Army Reserves as a medical officer. He was then recruited to train and supervise Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at a number of airports following the 9/11 attacks. He remained in that role for seven years before moving on to start his own company. Based in Florida, Medical Support International is a Department of Defense contractor that distributes medical supplies and equipment to a number of clients including the United States armed services. Rivera also serves on the United States Service Academy Selection Board in the state of Florida, nominated by former Florida Sen. George LeMieux.