U.S. Merchant Marine Academy introduces a new class

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Moms and dads, brothers and sisters, alumni and admirals gathered at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy to witness the new class become regimented midshipmen and join the ranks of the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Freshman students are sworn in by Rear Admiral
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Freshman students are sworn in by Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby as students at the United States Merchant Marine Academy attend the Acceptance Day Ceremony and Parade on the Tomb Field on campus in Kings Point. (Sept. 15, 2012)

Freshman students are sworn in by Rear Admiral
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Freshman students are sworn in by Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby as students at the United States Merchant Marine Academy attend the Acceptance Day Ceremony and Parade on the Tomb Field on campus in Kings Point. (Sept. 15, 2012)

Freshman students are sworn in by Rear Admiral
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Freshman students are sworn in by Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby as students at the United States Merchant Marine Academy attend the Acceptance Day Ceremony and Parade on the Tomb Field on campus in Kings Point. (Sept. 15, 2012)

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Freshman students are sworn in by Rear Admiral
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Freshman students are sworn in by Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby as students at the United States Merchant Marine Academy attend the Acceptance Day Ceremony and Parade on the Tomb Field on campus in Kings Point. (Sept. 15, 2012)

Freshman students are sworn in by Rear Admiral
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Freshman students are sworn in by Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby as students at the United States Merchant Marine Academy attend the Acceptance Day Ceremony and Parade on the Tomb Field on campus in Kings Point. (Sept. 15, 2012)

Freshman students are sworn in by Rear Admiral
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Freshman students are sworn in by Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby as students at the United States Merchant Marine Academy attend the Acceptance Day Ceremony and Parade on the Tomb Field on campus in Kings Point. (Sept. 15, 2012)

Freshman students are sworn in by Rear Admiral
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Freshman students are sworn in by Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby as students at the United States Merchant Marine Academy attend the Acceptance Day Ceremony and Parade on the Tomb Field on campus in Kings Point. (Sept. 15, 2012)

A Merchant Marine student is embraced by a
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

A Merchant Marine student is embraced by a sibling after the Acceptance Day Ceremony and Parade on the Tomb Field on campus in Kings Point. (Sept. 15, 2012)

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Brody Oakes, 18, of Gainesville, Georgia, receives a
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Brody Oakes, 18, of Gainesville, Georgia, receives a kiss from his mother Jo Ellen after the Acceptance Day Ceremony and Parade on the Tomb Field on campus in Kings Point. (Sept.15, 2012)

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