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The U.S. Military Academy Class of 2016 graduated and commissioned as second lieutenants into the U.S. Army May 21 in front of a packed-crowd at Michie Stadium. Nine hundred and fifty-three cadets graduated, which represented approximately 78 percent of the cadets who entered West Point in the summer of 2012. Vice President Joe Biden was the graduation speaker. This is the 218th graduating class of West Point. This class included 151 women, 77 Hispanics, 71 Asian/Pacific Islanders, 69 African-Americans and 12 Native Americans. The class also had 25 combat veterans (24 male, one female). 

(U.S. Army photo by: Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant) Brig. Gen. Timothy Trainor, Dean of the Academic Board at the U.S. Military Academy, returns a salute to the U.S. Corps of Cadets during his farewell ceremony on the Plain at West Point, May 18.   The commencement ceremony for the Class of 2016 will be the final official function for Trainor as Dean. (Photo by: Cadet Alex Werden) Retired Lt. Gen Edward Rowny and Cadet First Capt. Eugene Coleman, III, render hand salutes at the base of Thayer Monument during the Alumni Wreath-Laying Ceremony, May 17. The 99 year-old Rowny graduated from the Academy in 1941 and was the oldest graduate attending the ceremony. (U.S. Army photo by: John Pellino) Graduation Week for the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2016 is underway and will culminate when the class graduates and commissions into the U.S. Army on Saturday, May 21. Follow us on social media for photos and updates. (U.S. Army photo by: Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant)
Welcome to the United States Military Academy
The United States Military Academy's mission is to educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the United States Army.

The Academy provides a superb four-year education, which focuses on the leader development of cadets in the academic, military, and physical domains, all underwritten by adherence to a code of honor.
This Week's Pointer View (PDF)
May 19 Pointer View
Distinguished Graduates  
Distinguished Graduates
The West Point Association of Graduates honored six members of the Long Gray Line May 17 during the Alumni Review with the 2016 Distinguished Graduate Award. See Page 3 ...

Oldest Graduate at Review
Alumni Ceremony
At the Alumni Wreath Laying and Review Ceremony on the Plain, retired Lt. Gen. Edward Rowny, USMA Class of 1941, led the alumni of West Point to the Thayer Statue. Rowny is 99 years old. See Page 4 ...
R-Day Rehearsal Volunteers Needed
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Each summer the cadet leadership rehearses the complex process that transforms 1150 civilians into new cadets in approximately eight hours. In order to achieve this, the Corps of Cadets needs volunteers from the community to serve as cadet candidates. Read more about how to become a volunteer...