The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy held its 77th Commencement Ceremony on its campus in Kings Point on June 17, 2013.
Graduating students walk past friends and family while
Graduating students walk past friends and family while heading to their seats during the United States Merchant Marine Academy's 77th Commencement Ceremony held at Brooks Field located on the campus in Kings Point. (June 17, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Lauren Shannon Callahan, of Mineola, receives her degree
Lauren Shannon Callahan, of Mineola, receives her degree during the United States Merchant Marine Academy's 77th Commencement Ceremony held at Brooks Field located on the campus in Kings Point. (June 17, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Blake Thomas Krell, left, of Ft. Myers, Fla.,
Blake Thomas Krell, left, of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Erika Alicia Lawson, right, of Easton, Md., toss their caps into the air during the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy's 77th Commencement Ceremony on the campus in Kings Point. (June 17, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)

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Blake Thomas Krell, of Ft. Myers, Fla., watches
Blake Thomas Krell, of Ft. Myers, Fla., watches the sea of caps in the air during the United States Merchant Marine Academy's 77th Commencement Ceremony held at Brooks Field on the campus in Kings Point. (June 17, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Students cheer after the valedictory address during the
Students cheer after the valedictory address during the United States Merchant Marine Academy's 77th Commencement Ceremony held at Brooks Field on the campus in Kings Point. (June 17, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Erika Alicia Lawson, of Easton, Md., during the
Erika Alicia Lawson, of Easton, Md., during the United States Merchant Marine Academy's 77th Commencement Ceremony held at Brooks Field located on the campus in Kings Point. (June 17, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Brittany Patricia Bergmann, of West Islip, during the
Brittany Patricia Bergmann, of West Islip, during the United States Merchant Marine Academy's 77th Commencement Ceremony held at Brooks Field on the campus in Kings Point. (June 17, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Joshua C. Beck, of Martinsville, N.J., during the
Joshua C. Beck, of Martinsville, N.J., during the United States Merchant Marine Academy's 77th Commencement Ceremony held at Brooks Field on the campus in Kings Point. (June 17, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)

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Muhammad Amin Bin Ahmad Kamal, of Malaysia, during
Muhammad Amin Bin Ahmad Kamal, of Malaysia, during the United States Merchant Marine Academy's 77th Commencement Ceremony held at Brooks Field located on the campus in Kings Point. (June 17, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
James Joseph Levantino, of Southhold, during the United
James Joseph Levantino, of Southhold, during the United States Merchant Marine Academy's 77th Commencement Ceremony held at Brooks Field located on the campus in Kings Point. (June 17, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
The graduating class of 2013 at the U.S.
The graduating class of 2013 at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point celebrate graduation day by jumping into Eldridge Pool at the academy. (June 17, 2013) (Credit: Steven Sunshine)
The graduating class of 2013 at the U.S.
The graduating class of 2013 at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point celebrate graduation day by jumping into Eldridge Pool at the academy. (June 17, 2013) (Credit: Steven Sunshine)
The graduating class of 2013 at the U.S.
The graduating class of 2013 at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point celebrate graduation day by jumping into Eldridge Pool at the academy. (June 17, 2013) (Credit: Steven Sunshine)

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The graduating class of 2013 at the U.S.Merchant
The graduating class of 2013 at the U.S.Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point celebrate graduation day by jumping into Eldridge Pool at the academy. (June 17, 2013) (Credit: Steven Sunshine)
Graduates of the class of 2013 at the
Graduates of the class of 2013 at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point take playfully push each other into Eldridge Pool as they celebrate graduation day. (June 17, 2013) (Credit: Steven Sunshine)
Graduates of the class of 2013 at the
Graduates of the class of 2013 at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point take turns jumping from the diving board at Eldridge Pool as they celebrate graduation day. (June 13, 2013) (Credit: Steven Sunshine)