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A NSNA Midshipman points towards the bleachers as he receives his Diploma during the Graduation ceremony the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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

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Midshipman Edwin Conrad jumps with joy as he receives his diploma during the Graduation ceremony the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Graduates Steve Dukleth of Glen Ellyn, Ill., left, and Devereux Smith of McLean, Va., center, congratulate each other as the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 take their oath during their graduation ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Midshipmen shield themselves from the sun in the stands during the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks during the graduation ceremony held for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Naval officers salute for the playing of the National Anthem at the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Navy Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels fly over the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Navy Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., on May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels fly over the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Navy Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, left, and U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, second from left, stand on the main stage at the beginning of the graduation ceremony held for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** The graduation ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium is held in Annapolis on May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The U.S. Navy Academy's class of 2012 enters onto the field for the start of their graduation ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Midshipmen watch as the U.S. Navy Academy's class of 2012 enters onto the field for the start of their graduation ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Mary Heimerl of Holand, N.J. wipes tears from her eyes as their son John and the rest of the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 enters before their graduation ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The U.S. Navy Academy's class of 2012 enters onto the field for the start of their graduation ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The U.S. Navy Academy's class of 2012 enters onto the field for the start of their graduation ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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4th Class Midshipmen with the U.S. Navy Academy's class of 2012 wait for their graduation ceremony to begin at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Coast Guard Ensign Kaleb Fall stationed in Alameda, Ca., left, tosses a football in the stadium parking lot while he and his brother 4th Class Midshipmen Carson Fall, right, wait for the U.S. Navy Academy's class of 2012 graduation ceremony to begin at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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4th Class Midshipmen with the U.S. Navy Academy's class of 2012 wait for their graduation ceremony to begin at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Midshipmen Plebes Langston Williams, left, and Nickos Leondaridis-Mena, right, stand on the upper level of the stadium before graduation is held for the U.S. Navy Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)