National Geographic : 1936 Jun
© National Geographic Society Finlay Photograph by B.Anthony Stewart READY TO BE LAUNCHED ON THEIR NAVAL CAREERS, MIDSHIPMEN LISTEN TO A FAREWELL ADDRESS AT THEIR GRADUATION EXERCISES The graduates, in white service uniform, sit in a block and then march up, one by one, to receive their diplomas, frequently from the hands ofthe President of the United States. When all have passed in single file across the rostrum, they hurl their caps tothe blue and gold streamers and give a cheer "for those we leave behind." Then they snake-dance out of Dahlgren Hall to Lover's Lane, and sing "No More Rivers toCross." Naval Academy classes disperse to ships and stations throughout the world, and therefore seldom gather in reunion.