• Class of 2012 Cadet Angela Smith commanded 4th Regiment, with Colby Brunette as the regimental command sergeant major. The Class of 2012 arrived on the Plain on the morning of May 25, 2012, for the graduation parade. It would be their final parade as cadets before their commissioning the next day.  Cadet leadership also changed hands before a pass in review, as the Class of 2013 assumed command of the Corps of Cadets.

    Class of 2012 Graduation Parade

    Class of 2012 Cadet Angela Smith commanded 4th Regiment, with Colby Brunette as the regimental command sergeant major. The Class of 2012 arrived on the Plain on the morning of May 25, 2012, for the graduation parade. It would be their final parade as...

  • First Regiment's Company C is commanded by Cadet First Sergeant Celina Baldwin, as the Class of 2013 assumes command of the Corps of Cadets during the Class of 2012 Graduation Parade, May 25, 2012, on the Plain.

    Class of 2012 Graduation Parade

    First Regiment's Company C is commanded by Cadet First Sergeant Celina Baldwin, as the Class of 2013 assumes command of the Corps of Cadets during the Class of 2012 Graduation Parade, May 25, 2012, on the Plain.

  • The parade and pass in review would be the last one for the graduating Class of 2012 and signified a transfer of leadership as the Class if 2013 assumed command of the Corps of Cadets. The day began with an informal ceremony during morning formation to recognize the rising underclass cadets who will take on further leadership responsibilities following summer training. The day will end with a formal banquet for the Class of 2012 with Gen. Raymond Odierno, the 38th and current Chief of Staff of the Army.

    Class of 2012 Graduation Parade

    The parade and pass in review would be the last one for the graduating Class of 2012 and signified a transfer of leadership as the Class if 2013 assumed command of the Corps of Cadets. The day began with an informal ceremony during morning formation to...

  • It was his first visit to the U.S. Military Academy, though retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Callahan had served under many West Point officers throughout his career. He was accompanied by his wife, Trudy, and daughter, Kathy, as guests of the Rutherford family to see Class of 2012 Cadet Kevin Rutherford graduate and receive his commission as an infantry second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

    Class of 2012 Graduation Parade

    It was his first visit to the U.S. Military Academy, though retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Callahan had served under many West Point officers throughout his career. He was accompanied by his wife, Trudy, and daughter, Kathy, as guests of the...

  • The Class of 2012 cadets remove their covers to observe the pass in review of the Corps of Cadets on the Plain May 25, 2012.

    Class of 2012 Graduation Parade

    The Class of 2012 cadets remove their covers to observe the pass in review of the Corps of Cadets on the Plain May 25, 2012.

  • The U.S. Military Academy Band and its field music group, the Hellcats, were present on the Plain to support the Corps of Cadets at the Class of 2012 Graduation Parade May 25, 2012.

    Class of 2012 Graduation Parade

    The U.S. Military Academy Band and its field music group, the Hellcats, were present on the Plain to support the Corps of Cadets at the Class of 2012 Graduation Parade May 25, 2012.

  • Attendees cheer as the Class of 2012 marches out of formation and takes their place to watch the pass in review with the Corps of Cadets, May 25, 2012, at the Class of 2012 Graduation Parade.

    Class of 2012 Graduation Parade

    Attendees cheer as the Class of 2012 marches out of formation and takes their place to watch the pass in review with the Corps of Cadets, May 25, 2012, at the Class of 2012 Graduation Parade.

WEST POINT, N.Y. (May 25, 2012) -- The Class of 2012 arrived on the Plain on the morning of May 25 for the graduation parade, their final one as cadets of the U.S. Military Academy before commissioning as Army officers the next day.

Attendees filled the bleachers and walkways surrounding the Plain hours before the parade commenced, with cameras and cell phones at the ready to catch a glimpse, photograph and record their graduating cadets.

The day began with an informal ceremony during morning formation to recognize the rising underclass cadets who will take on further leadership responsibilities following summer training. The parade also included a pass in review which signified the transfer of leadership to the Class of 2013 for the Corps of Cadets.

Marching in the review were cadets from allied nations enrolled in the four-year program at the U.S. Military Academy. They will serve in the armed forces of their respective countries following their class graduations. There are currently 53 allied cadets representing 30 countries as members of the Corps of Cadets.

Within the Class of 2012, 12 foreign cadets representing Azerbaijan, Colombia, El Salvador, Georgia, Jordan, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea and Taiwan, will return to their countries for service after graduation May 26.

The U.S. Military Academy Band and its field music group, the Hellcats, were present on the Plain to support the Corps of Cadets at the parade.

Graduation Week at West Point is filled with activities for visiting families and guests to share with their cadets -- from concerts, receptions and religious services to award ceremonies and parades. The day will end with a formal banquet for the Class of 2012 with Gen. Raymond Odierno, the 38th and current Chief of Staff of the Army, as guest speaker.

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