Beginning years of American military tradition, on June 10, 1854, the first graduation ceremony was held at the United States Naval Academy. Established in Annapolis, Maryland, the academy was designed mainly for the training of seamen, with considerable education being given at sea. The idea was encouraged by Commodore Matthew Perry, who was particularly interested in naval education. The school program contained four years of continuous study, with a great deal of instruction also being given on land.
Today In History- June 10
The first class of United States Naval Academy students graduate.
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U.S. Naval Academy graduates first class.
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