Students stood in line Monday to get patriotic and all-American treats, such as kabobs made of marshmallows, strawberries and blueberries, a red, white and blue parfait, hotdogs and apple pie.
A banner hung in the college's Great Hall read "A Special Thanks to Every Veteran," and tables with information about different college services filled the room.
Sgt. Thomas McPhetridge, a U.S. Marine, said it's his first year at Carroll. He has been deployed three times to Iraq, Afghanistan and several other locations.
McPhetridge has been in the service for eight years and it's the first time he's been able to attend such a Veterans Day celebration.
"It's actually more than I expected," he said.
The tables at the event included representatives from academic affairs, career development, financial aid, the admissions office and other departments. Collins also attended the college event and talked to different veterans.
There are 103 veterans who are enrolled and are using military benefits, according to College President Faye Pappalardo. Helping veterans is a cause very close to her heart.
"I think it's very important that we stress services to veterans and let them know what is available," she said. "I just think we need to do whatever we can."
If there is an interest, the college is looking to start a student veterans organization. Pappalardo also wants to meet with veterans and see what else they would like from the college.
Joe Tatela, director of Disability Support Services for the college, said the population of veterans retiring from active duty is increasing because of the ongoing conflicts in places around the world, such as Afghanistan. There is also likely to be an increase in veterans with disabilities, post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries, he said.
"A lot of veterans, by nature, are independent and sometimes resistant to seeking support," he said. "Sometimes it takes a little more proactivity to reach out to them and encourage them."
Right now, he works with about 10 veterans. He stressed that his services are discreet and confidential, Tatela said.
McPhetridge is currently under vocational rehab with the military and is studying computer engineering at the college. He was hurt three years ago and signed up for Disability Support Services Monday, in addition to visiting other booths.
Many service men and women don't know what to do with their lives when they return home, so the resources available at the college Monday show that people are there to help veterans, McPhetridge said.
"It's a good thing the school is assisting veterans," he said.
Kenneth Lucero separated from the Air Force in March and started going to school at Carroll this semester to get his certificate for web development before he transfers to Towson University.
He took his daughter, 4-year-old Alexis, to the Veterans Day celebration Monday.
The two sat around eating hotdogs and took patriotic pins to wear proudly.
"I wanted to let her know what Veterans Day's all about," he said.