Obama, Defense Officials Attend U.S. Naval Academy Graduation

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • From right:  Vice Adm. Mike Miller, superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, President Barack Obama, Maryland Gov. Martin O' Malley, and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus come to attention during a 21-gun salute to render respect to the official party during the academy's Class of 2013 graduation and commissioning ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 24, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor
  • Adm. Jonathan Greenert, center, chief of naval operations, and Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. John Paxton salute to render respect to the official party during a 21-gun salute for President Barack Obama, who was the guest speaker at the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2013 graduation and commissioning ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 24, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor
  • President Barack Obama offers advice and words of encouragement to the U.S. Naval Academy class of 2013 at their graduation and commissioning ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 24, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor
  • President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., May 24, 2013.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Alexia Riveracorrea
  • Navy Vice Adm. Mike Miller, superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, offers opening remarks during the graduation and commissioning ceremony of the academy's Class of 2013 in Annapolis, Md., May 24, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor
  • Graduating U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen bound for the Marine Corps take the oath of office during their graduation and commissioning ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 24, 2013. This year's class graduated and commissioned 265 of the Marine Corp's newest second lieutenants. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor
  • Commandant of Midshipmen Capt. Robert E. Clark II shakes hands with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and welcomes him to the stage at the graduation and commissioning ceremony of the U.S. Naval Academy class of 2013 in Annapolis, Md., May 24, 2013.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor
  • Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert offers advice and words of encouragement to the U.S. Naval Academy class of 2013 at their graduation and commissioning ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 24, 2013.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor
  • President Barack Obama congratulates a new officer after delivering the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., May 24, 2013.  U.S. Navy photo by Gin Kai
  • President Barack Obama, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert pass out diplomas and shakes hands with honor students during the U.S. Naval Academy graduation and commissioning ceremony for the class of 2013 in Annpolis, Md., May 24, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor
  • Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert congratulates U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen from the graduating class of 2013 as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas in Annapolis, Md., May 24, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor
  • Newly commissioned officers sing the U.S. Naval Academy song, 'Blue and Gold,' before throwing their midshipmen hats into the air as part of the Class of 2013 graduation and commissioning ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 24, 2013.  U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Sam Shavers
  • Newly commissioned officers celebrate their new positions by throwing their hats into the air as part of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2013 graduation and commissioning ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 24, 2013. The "hat toss," now a traditional ending to the ceremony, originated at the Naval Academy in 1912. It has since become a symbolic and visual end to the four-year program.  U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Sam Shavers