ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The U.S. Naval Academy held the first of its swearing-in ceremonies for the Class of 2020 Tuesday.
USNA released photos from the event that showed the graduates maintaining social distancing during the in-person event. The ceremony didn’t include families and wasn’t open to the public.READ MORE: Baltimore County Police Union Says It Has Lost Confidence In Leadership Of BCPD Chief Melissa Hyatt
The 200 new junior officers, known as Navy ensigns and Marine Corps second lieutenants, were dressed in uniform took their oath outdoors in Tecumseh Court.
The Naval Academy will host four more swearing-in ceremonies on May 14, May 16, May 18 and May 20 ahead of their virtual graduation ceremony on May 22.
The groups will also move out of Bancroft Hall, their dorms, while the are getting sworn-in.READ MORE: Technical Problems Raise Transparency Concerns In Latest Marilyn Mosby Criminal Case Hearing
Most colleges and universities switched to virtual-only graduations due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Naval Academy opted to do the event in person in smaller groups.
While the event didn’t have the same fanfare as the ceremonies of the past, the new junior officers did get to throw their caps in the air at the end of the ceremony.
Parents and families shared their excitement on social media after the event.
“Proud that my son Tyler Cain was there today to graduate. Thanks to all of the USNA staff for working out a plan so all could have a well-deserved ceremony! Class of 2020 will find a way or make one! Go Navy!” tweeted one mother.
Proud that my son Tyler Cain was there today to graduate. Thanks to all of the USNA staff for working out a plan so all could have a well deserved ceremony! Class of 2020 will find a way or make one! Go Navy!
— Chris (@chrisadjuster) May 13, 2020
Each ceremony is being filmed and the video will be released on May 22.MORE NEWS: Hogan Calls On Franchot To 'Halt Or Minimalize' Pending Gas Tax Increase; Comptroller Says Executive Action Is Needed
The Naval Academy canceled all of its other commencement week activities.