ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- The U.S. Naval Academy graduated 1,053 new Navy and Marine Corps officers at the annual graduation and commissioning ceremony May 26 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The graduating class includes 768 Navy ensigns and 259 Marine Corps second lieutenants. Among the graduates are two interservice commissions into the U.S. Air Force.
Seventeen foreign exchange students also graduated from the academy, hailing from Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Montenegro, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. These officers will return to serve in their home countries' militaries.
U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter addressed the Class of 2017 about the momentous occasion.
"You are joining a long and storied lineage," said Carter. He referenced the Class of 1917 who a century ago graduated early to join the fight in World War I.
He also spoke about the Class of 1967 who 50 years ago graduated and went on to fight in Vietnam, returning home to civil unrest.
"Still they sacrificed, still they endured," said Carter. "This legacy of selfless service continues today with the Class of 2017."
Carter went on to talk about the academic and athletic prowess of the graduating class.
Six midshipmen received prestigious graduate scholarships, including one Rhodes Scholarship, one Truman Scholarship, one Gates Cambridge Scholarship, one Fulbright Scholarship and two Schwarzman Scholarships.
The Naval Academy varsity sports record for the 2016-2017 academic year is 306-184-6.
In just its second season in a conference, Navy football won the AAC West Division title after sharing the division crown with Houston in its first year. Specifically, Navy's senior class finished with a 37-16 (.698) record, the most wins by a class over a four-year period.