Posted March 06, 2019 09:18:47On Saturday, March 6, 2018, 18th Anniversary Celebration at the Naval Academy will feature an honor guard that will honor the 20th anniversary of the Graduation of Admiral William F. Preston, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces in World War II.
The ceremony, which is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of students, faculty, staff and alumni, is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on the main Lawn of the Academy, which will be accessible only by elevator.
During the ceremony, the honor guard will perform a variety of music and activities including marching bands, the marching band and the dance.
The honor guard also will perform the national anthem and the song “It Hurts Me To See You” from the classic animated film, “The Jetsons,” before joining the marching bands and performing the song.
The Navy, which has historically honored graduates, has previously celebrated its anniversary in a series of ceremonies that include ceremonies, parties and even a “barge ride” that has been dubbed the “Graduation Parade.”
The ceremony will include an honor ceremony that will begin at 9 a.m., where students, staff, faculty and alumni will attend a presentation from the Naval War College that includes information about the Navy and the graduates that have made their mark in the military.
The presentation will be followed by a reception, with an opportunity to get involved in the process of graduating.
Afterward, the graduation procession will make its way to the Naval Memorial on the East Coast, where students will march in a procession in front of the memorial.
The procession will pass under the Pentagon and will proceed south on the Mall, where the procession will arrive at the White House, where it will proceed under the Lincoln Memorial.
The ceremonies will continue at noon, when the procession reaches the National Memorial Gardens, where a band will perform and students will receive their diplomas and other awards.
At noon, the ceremony will be joined by a parade and ceremony of remembrance, which includes the unveiling of the new Navy Commanding Officers Association (NCOA) insignia and the commencement of a commemorative ceremony at the Pentagon.
The Naval War Memorial and White House are expected to be open to the public for the ceremony and reception, but students and alumni may attend.
The U.K.-based Naval Institute, which organizes the ceremonies, said it has not yet determined the exact date of commencement or the locations of the ceremonies.
A number of alumni and military members have attended graduation ceremonies, including former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, former Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
In addition to Preston, President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law and son-elect, Jared Kushner, has attended and will be attending the ceremony.