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Naval Academy athletics logo.

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President Barack Obama waved May 17 as he arrived to deliver the commencement speech during the 2009 graduation ceremony at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. This Friday, he will address graduates of the Naval Academy. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama waved May 17 as he arrived to deliver the commencement speech during the 2009 graduation ceremony at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. This Friday, he will address graduates of the Naval Academy. (Associated Press)

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Naval Academy athletics logo.

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Pablo Beltran is the punter for The Naval Academy. (Navy Athletics)

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Pablo Beltran is the punter for The Naval Academy. (Navy Athletics)

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First year Naval Academy plebes finish the traditional Herndon Monument climb in two hours and ten minutes, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, is the culmination of the first year in the Naval Academy where the plebe class has to help each other climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Lard covered shirts are strewn about as first year Naval Academy plebes finish the traditional Herndon Monument climb in two hours and ten minutes, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, is the culmination of the first year in the Naval Academy where the plebe class has to help each other climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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First year Naval Academy plebes celebrate as they finish the traditional Herndon Monument climb in two hours and ten minutes, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, is the culmination of the first year in the Naval Academy where the plebe class has to help each other climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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First year Naval Academy plebes fall off the Herndon Monument during the plebes traditional climb which marks the culmination of their first year, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, involves the entire plebe class working with each other to climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Midshipman 4th Class Andrew Craig, 19, of Tulsa, Okla., replaces a first year's Naval Academy "dixie cup" hat with an upperclassman's hat as the plebes finish the traditional Herndon Monument climb in two hours and ten minutes, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, is the culmination of the first year in the Naval Academy where the plebe class has to help each other climb the obelisk covered in lard. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Midshipman 4th Class Andrew Craig, 19, of Tulsa, Okla., replaces a first year's Naval Academy "dixie cup" hat with an upperclassman's hat as the plebes finish the traditional Herndon Monument climb in two hours and ten minutes, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, is the culmination of the first year in the Naval Academy where the plebe class has to help each other climb the obelisk covered in lard. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Naval Academy first year plebes participate in the traditional Herndon Monument climb, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A first year Naval Academy plebe grimaces during the the traditional Herndon Monument climb which was completed in two hours and ten minutes, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, is the culmination of the first year in the Naval Academy where the plebe class has to help each other climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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First year Naval Academy plebes participate in the traditional Herndon Monument climb which marks the culmination of their first year, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, involves the entire plebe class working with each other to climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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First year Naval Academy plebes fight to hold themselves up on the Herndon Monument during the traditional climb which marks the culmination of their first year, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, involves the entire plebe class working with each other to climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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On lookers watch as first year Naval Academy plebes participate in the traditional Herndon Monument climb which marks the culmination of their first year, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, involves the entire plebe class working with each other to climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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First year Naval Academy plebes work to finish the traditional Herndon Monument climb in two hours and ten minutes, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, is the culmination of the first year in the Naval Academy where the plebe class has to help each other climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A first year Naval Academy plebe uses a shirt to try to knock the "dixie cup" hat off the top of the Herndon Monument during the plebes traditional climb which marks the culmination of their first year, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, involves the entire plebe class working with each other to climb the obelisk covered in lard, remove the "dixie cup" hat at the top and replace it with an upperclassman's hat. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Naval Academy first year plebes participate in the traditional Herndon Monument climb, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)