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#019-16 Secretary of Defense to Speak at Naval Academy Graduation

  POSTED ON: Thursday, April 21, 2016 4:11 PM by

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will speak at the graduation and commencement ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy’s Class of 2016, Friday, May 27, at 10 a.m. This event is not open to the public.

Carter is a native of Philadelphia and is a graduate of Yale University and Oxford University, and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Aspen Strategy Group. Secretary Carter was sworn-in as the 25th U.S. Secretary of Defense Feb. 17, 2015. For more information about Secretary Carter, please visit:

For those who will not be attending the event, the 2016 Graduation and Commissioning ceremony may be viewed live on

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects like small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, leadership, ethics and military law. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a federally funded Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps. Approximately 1,000 students will graduate with the Naval Academy Class of 2016.

For more information about the Naval Academy, please visit: or our Facebook page. For more information about Commissioning Week events at the Naval Academy, visit

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