Biden, Officials Attend U.S. Military Academy at West Point Commencement

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • From left, Army Lt. Gen. David  Huntoon Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Vice President Joe Biden; Army Secretary John M. McHugh; and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno attend commencement exercises for the class of 2012 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 26, 2012.  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno salutes during the playing of the national anthem during commencement exercises for the class of 2012 at the U.S. Military Academy at  West Point, N.Y., May 26, 2012.  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and Army Secretary John M. McHugh attend commencement exercises for the class of 2012 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 26, 2012.  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
  • Army cadets and their families fill Michie Stadium to attend commencement exercises for the class of 2012 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 26, 2012.  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
  • Vice President Joe Biden delivers the keynote address during commencement exercises for the class of 2012 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 26, 2012.  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
  • Vice President Joe Biden receives the West Point Cadets' Sword from cadet Maxwell Love as a token of appreciation from the class of 2012 during its commencement exercises at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 26, 2012. Biden was the keynote speaker.  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
  • Army cadets stand in line to obtain their diplomas during commencement exercises for the class of 2012 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 26, 2012 U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
  • Army Lt. Gen. David Huntoon Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, presents diplomas to cadets during commencement exercises for the class of 2012, May 26, 2012.  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
  • Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Army cadet 1st Capt. Charles Phelps during commencement exercises for the class of 2012 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 26, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
  • Army cadets stand in line to obtain their diplomas during commencement exercises for the class of 2012 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 26, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno shakes hands with cadets during commencement exercises for the class of 2012 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 26, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
  • Vice President Joe Biden and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno shake hands with cadets during commencement exercises for the class of 2012 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 26, 2012.  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
  • Army cadet Shelton Seaborne, also known as the "Goat", receives a standing ovation by his classmates during commencement exercises for the class of 2012 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 26, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
  • Army cadets toss their hats at the end of the commencement exercises for the class of 2012 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 26, 2012.  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade