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WATCH: Naval Academy’s first-ever virtual graduation and commissioning ceremony

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May 20, 2020) The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, fly over Bancroft Hall as midshipmen toss their covers concluding the fifth swearing-in event for the United States Naval Academy Class of 2020. The Class of 2020 graduated approximately 1,000 midshipmen during five swearing-in events and one virtual ceremony. The hat toss, now a traditional ending to the event, originated at the Naval Academy in 1912 as a symbolic and visual end to the four-year program. As the undergraduate college of our country's naval service, the Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dana D. Legg/Released)
Posted at 2:39 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 14:48:20-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Naval Academy’s will hold its first-ever virtual graduation and commissioning ceremony Friday.

The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a tribute to the Class of 2020, and the ceremony will begin at 3 p.m.

Recorded segments from five in-person swearing-in events held at the Academy over the last week, will also play.

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Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper will give a pre-recorded keynote address along with Acting Secretary of the Navy James E. McPherson and other U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. commanders.

The ceremony will be streamed live here.

All swearing-in events are closed to guests, including parents, family members, media, and members of the public.