The academy’s annual Color Parade, honoring the fall and spring color companies will be held on Worden Field, Thursday, May 21, at 11 a.m. The parade is free and open to the public, however seating is limited to the families of the Class of 2015.
Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter, Jr., U.S. Navy; and Commandant of Midshipmen Capt. William D. Byrne, Jr., U.S. Navy will review the parade.
The Color Parade is the oldest parade at the U.S. Naval Academy, a tradition which began in 1867. Midshipmen anticipate this parade as their last full dress parade while at the academy. The highlight of the Color Parade is the formal presentation of the color company pennant to the company that has excelled in academics, athletics and professional accomplishments.
The midshipmen of 16th Company have earned the honor of being designated as the spring color company. The midshipmen of the 3rd Company earned the honor of being designated the fall color company.
Midshipman 1st Class Abdussalaam Kako, of Memphis, Tenn., is the 16th company commander. He will be commissioned as a Navy surface warfare officer. Kako will receive the Stewart Wight Hannah Memorial Trophy. The silver bowl will be displayed in Bancroft Hall throughout the year and is inscribed with the spring semester color company number and the name of the new Color Company commander.
A color honoree is selected by the winning spring semester company commander. Kako has selected his mother, Nabeela Sadiq, also of Memphis, Tenn., as the 2015 color honoree.
Midshipman 1st Class Evan Nicholl, of the 3rd Company, from Acworth, Ga. served as the fall semester color company commander. At graduation, she’ll be commissioned as a Navy ensign and will train as a Navy supply officer. Nicholl will receive the Forrestal Award, an engraved silver tray presented in honor of the nation’s first Secretary of Defense, James V. Forrestal, donated by the late Charles P. McCormick.
For more information about May events at the Naval Academy, visit http://www.usna.edu/CommissioningWeek/.