Annapolis, Md. (May 27, 2005) – Newly commissioned officers celebrate their new positions by throwing their Midshipmen covers into the air as part of the U.S. Naval Academy class of 2005 graduation and commissioning ceremony. The Òhat toss,Ó now a traditional ending to the ceremony, originated at the Naval Academy in 1912. This Òhat tossÓ has since become a symbolic and visual end to the four-year program. Nine hundred-seventy six Midshipmen graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and became commissioned officers in the U.S. Military. President George W. Bush delivered the commencement address and personally greeted each graduate during the ceremony. The men and women of the graduating class were sworn into the Navy as Ensigns or into the Marine Corps as Second Lieutenants. U.S. Navy photo by PhotographerÕs Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain (RELEASED)

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