The end of the year is fast approaching for the First Class Midshipmen who will be commissioned as Ensigns in the US Navy or 2nd Lieutenants in the US Marine Corps. Along with the graduation ceremony, which is by invitation only, there are a number of public events including a flight demonstration by the Blue Angels, the Herndon Monument Climb, parades, concerts and more. For the week, expect heavier than normal traffic and intermittent closures of roads, bridges, and waterways as the Blue Angels perform. If you are attending graduation, please expect added security to accompany Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter who will be the commencement speaker.
Below are the highlights of the week. A full schedule can be found here. (PDF)
Monday, May 23, 2016
Class of 2019 Herndon Climb 130pm. This is a rite of passage marking the end of Plebe Year for the 4th Class Midshipmen. The class works together (eventually) to climb the monument that has been covered in lard and replace a plebe (dixie cup) hat with an upperclassman’s cover. 2015 Coverage.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Practice 200pm. The squadron is scheduled to arrive at 11am to perform recognizance of the area and prepare for the demonstration. Prime viewing areas include the USNA campus, any of the City street end parks, or ideally on the water.
Commissioning Week Concert 830pm. This concert in the Main Chapel will feature the Glee Club and the Gospel Choir. Tickets are required and available at http://navyperforms.showare.com
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Blue Angels Flight Demonstration 200pm. Prime viewing areas include the USNA campus, any of the City street end parks, or ideally on the water. 2015 Coverage.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Color Parade 11am. This is the final parade of the school year and the entire brigade will be in dress whites on Worden Field. More details about this special event will be forthcoming. Past Color Parade.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Graduation, Class of 2016 1000am at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. This event is invitation only and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter will be the speaker and the Blue Angels will do a flyover. The event will be streamed live. 2015 Coverage.