WaveTops: April 2020 edition. Published by the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation.

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Class of 2020 Returns for Graduation, Commissioning
Graduation and Commissioning unfolded quite differently for the Class of 2020 than any of their predecessors. The Class returned in groups of 200 and stood six feet apart as they were commissioned on T-Court, the final group receiving a surprise visit from the Blue Angels as they soared over Bancroft Hall. A combined ceremony and tribute marked by celebrity shout-outs aired on 22 May, featuring remarks from Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper; Acting Secretary of the Navy James E. McPherson; Vice Chief of Naval Operations ADM Robert P. Burke, USN; Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David H. Berger, USMC; Naval Academy Superintendent VADM Sean Buck ’83, USN; and the Class of 2020 President Mike Smith, now a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.
Vote for the Most Influential USNA Alumni
As we approach the Naval Academy’s 175th Anniversary in October, Shipmate’s staff plans to highlight some of the many alumni who have had profound impacts at the Academy and in the Navy, Marine Corps and the world. We’ve compiled a far-from-complete list of influential Naval Academy alumni and non-graduates who have left lasting legacies. Please take a few minutes to complete this poll and help us choose who will be featured. Submit your survey by 21 June.
Alumni and Families Honor the Class of 2020
Alumni, families and Yard officials were eager to salute the Class of 2020 as they prepared for their unprecedented graduation experience, with Naval Academy family members nationwide sharing their tributes to the Class of 2020. The Parents Club of Southern California arranged an eight-hour auto armada in and around greater Los Angeles. The Parents Club of Central Florida and the Alumni Association & Foundation honored the class by flying the class flag throughout the streets of downtown Annapolis. The USNA Chaplains sent best wishes to the class in the next chapter of their lives. Check out the full playlist to see all the tributes and messages to the Class of 2020.
Impact Underway: Your Support Makes a Difference
The missions of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation as well as the Naval Academy have been forced to adapt—but are not on hold—in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The Naval Academy has made extraordinary changes to normal operations to ensure each midshipman receives the education, engagement and care they need to be successful during the COVID-19 pandemic, and longtime alumni and friend support for the Academy has been critical to this effort. The Alumni Association and Foundation’s new Impact Underway webpage offers highlights from some of the Naval Academy’s top strategic priorities. This space will be an evolving resource of impact stories and highlights, showcasing all the Academy has been able to accomplish through meaningful philanthropy.
Athletic & Scholarship Programs and Other Student-Athlete Awards Announced
The Naval Academy Athletic Association recently highlighted recipients of several top athletics awards, including the NAAA Sword for Men and VADM William P. Lawrence Award for Women. In addition, the Naval Academy Foundation’s Athletic & Scholarship Programs division announced the recipients of the 2020 Athletic & Scholarship Programs Trustees Awards. These recipients are carefully selected by the A&SP Awards Committee based on submissions by the Commandant of Midshipmen, respective coaches and teammates.
Chapel Dome Heirlooms Available Now
Less than a month after launching, the Naval Academy Chapel Dome Heirlooms site has generated great interest in the heirlooms including jewelry, frames and other keepsakes made from the original copper salvaged during the ongoing restoration of the Naval Academy Chapel Dome. Proceeds from heirloom sales will benefit the Superintendent’s Unrestricted Fund, which allows the Academy to address emerging needs in advance of or in excess of appropriated funds.
The Service Academy Career Conference: Coming to A Computer Near You
Creating career and education connections is always important. If you're planning a career change, thinking about testing the waters or if your organization is hiring, consider carving out some time for the virtual SACC 9-12 June. Due to popular demand, webinars have been extended to give you more time to connect with many companies participating in the career fair. Join us 9-11 June for informational and interactive webinars. See the SACC website for the schedule and to register for the 12 June virtual fair.
First Class Midshipmen Present Capstone Day, Trident Scholar Projects Virtually
Each year, first class midshipmen present their Capstone Day projects, the culmination of a full academic year’s worth of effort on a project-based learning initiative, during a day-long showcase to their peers, faculty and corporate and agency sponsors supporting the projects. Trident Scholars, midshipmen selected to complete an intensive project under the guidance of faculty mentors, do the same. While the presentation events could not take place this year given the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the Trident Scholars Symposium was presented virtually, and a number of Capstone project presentations are available online.
Got a Podcast? Let Us Know
A growing number of Naval Academy alumni are reaching out, exploring compelling topics and sharing their expertise in a wide variety of areas through podcasts. This new archive links to those we’ve found, and we’d love to include more. Got a podcast you update regularly? Let us know at shipmate@usna.com.
Submit your 100 Nights Stories to Shipmate
100s Night offers underclassmen a chance to swap roles with first class midshipmen. This good-natured annual tradition marks the final 100 days before graduation. We want to hear, and share, your memories from 100s Night. Send your experiences—and photos—to Senior Writer Jimmy DeButts at jimmy.debutts@usna.com to be considered for a future edition of Shipmate.
 
 
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