Midshipman Kevin Joseph Hillery, who was paralyzed from the waist down by a falling tree during his junior year, shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (third from right) as he takes the stage to receive his diploma during graduation ceremonies for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Photo by: ANDREW HARNIK

Midshipman Kevin Joseph Hillery, who was paralyzed from the waist down by a falling tree during his junior year, shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (third from right) as he takes the stage to receive his diploma during graduation ceremonies for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)