Hagel Delivers Commencement at U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel passes through a welcoming honor cordon before the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013. Hagel told the graduates that character and courage are the fundamentals of leadership and congratulated them on their commissioning into the United States Army.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno pass through a welcoming honor cordon before the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke to graduates and told them that character and courage are the fundamentals of leadership and congratulated them on their commissioning into the United States Army.   DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Cadets salute Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Cadets listen to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speak at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Cadets listen to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speak at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • An honor graduate salutes Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presents an honor graduate with a diploma at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presents an honor graduate with a diploma at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • A cadet cheers after receiving his diploma at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.   DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Cadets sit with their diplomas at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Cadets take the oath of office at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.   DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Newly commissioned 2nd lieutenants toss their covers after being dismissed at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenants toss their covers after being dismissed at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenants celebrate after being dismissed at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenants celebrate after being dismissed at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets cadets as he arrives at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks with Walter Keats, right, the brother of Robert Keats, Hagel's company commander in Vietnam, and Roberty Scully, Robert Keat's roommate at West Point, at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013. Hagel mentioned Keats, who was killed in Vietnam, when he told the graduates that character and courage are the fundamentals of leadership and congratulated them on their commissioning into the Army.   DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stands for the national anthem at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presents an honor graduate with a diploma at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • A father hugs his newly commissioned 2nd lieutenant son after the graduates were dismissed at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., May 25, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo