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The 75th Miss Texas Southern University is joining the U.S. Army   

Written by on May 18, 2023

By Amber Land

Melody Robinson is not your average Radio, television, and film student. She was crowned the 75th Miss Texas Southern University in 2022 and wants to continue her commitment to service after graduation—this time as an officer in the United States Army.

Robinson joined the Reserve Officer’s Training [ROTC] program during her sophomore year at TSU. She is now a graduate preparing for her new journey in the U.S. military and said she will always remember her time on the royal court.

“It was an honor to serve as the 75th Miss Texas Southern University,” Robinson said, “I really had a great time. I created great memories, and I’m so happy that I was able to serve as the queen of the university for this year.”

75th Miss Texas Southern University, Melody Robinson. Photo: @melodyariell

She shared some of her favorite memories while serving as the 75th Miss TSU.

“I had so many great moments,” Robinson said, “One of them was being able to take a trip to the state capitol to talk to elected officials about the things that are going on at Texas Southern University and really being able to advocate for the University.”

Texas Southern University student leader at the state capitol in Austin, Texas. Photo by Joshua Molock.

Robinson plans to continue advocating while in the Army by pushing for more representation. According to public data, the branch makes up less than 20% of Black female officers.

She will be the first in her family to commission into the military and hopes to continue encouraging others through her journey.

“Going to Texas Southern University and being a part of the Army ROTC, it was very challenging, to say the least,” Robinson said, “But I really had a great experience, and I just hope that I inspire others to want to join the ROTC, to learn about the benefits, scholarships, and everything the Army has to offer.”

As Robinson prepares to embark on a new journey, she wants to leave behind what she calls an unforgettable legacy.

“I’d like to be remembered as someone who always had an open door policy and someone who always made everybody feel like somebody,” Robinson said.

On May 13th, Robinson did her final wave and walk, but this time it was across the graduation stage.

She commissions into the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant Quartermaster Officer on May 19 and will continue to serve as Miss TSU until June 1.

75th Miss Texas Southern University in her Army ROTC Uniform. Photo courtesy of Melody Robinson.