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    Thursday, June 13, 2024

    Coast Guard Academy’s 143rd Commencement

    Chase Merrick, center, and other graduates throw their caps as helicopters fly overhead during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Cassie Eagle is picked up by her father Michael Eagle after receiving her diploma during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Graduate Alyssa Parker, of Waterford, hugs Rear Admiral Michael J. Johnston as she receives her orders during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Christina Liano Mock laughs as her brother Edwardo, of Spain, and other family members pin her shoulder boards following the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Sydney Motherway, of Stonington, hugs her Kathie Motherway mother after receiving her diploma during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Maeve Duffin laughs with Admiral Linda Fagan as she waits to receive her diploma during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Cadets cheer for a classmate during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Orwin Austn holds the Guyana flag during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Friends and family members take their seats before the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Senior Chiefs Dan Warren, left, and John Foster uncover the ensign covers and shoulder boards before the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Members of the Coast Guard Band warm up before the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    New ensign covers and shoulder boards wait for cadets before the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Friends and family members gather under umbrellas to hide from the sun during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Friends and family members take their seats before the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Derek Kenneth Raymond, of Mystic, gets his diploma from Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Victoria Regalado waves to family members after receiving her diploma during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Pierson Wade waves to family members as he walks up to receive his diploma during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Lily Mika hugs a classmate after graduating during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Isabella Ortez, left, and Lily Mika celebrate after throwing their caps during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Graduates celebrate following the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Graduates pick up their ensign covers and shoulder boards following the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Christopher Flynn, center, has his shoulders boards pinned by his sister Olivia and father Christopher during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Cadet Elchin Bagriov laughs as he talks with Rear Admiral Michael Johnston during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Cadets wait or their names to be called during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Cadet Davis Daughtry, from left is greeted by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and his brother Dylan Daughrty during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024.(Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Graduate Lillia Farlow, left, takes a photo with her sister Francesca Farlow during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Cadets celebrate after receiving their diplomas during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Crystal Kim shows off her diplomas during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Hector Lizardo Moronta, left and his father Agusto Lizardo Gonzalez celebrate during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Fans take photos during the processional of the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Cadets sing the Alma Mater during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Daniella Tipton shakes hands with Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Admiral Linda Fagan processes onto the stage during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Laura Taha waves the Jordan flag during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Cadet First Class Madison Garrigus delivered the cadet commencement address during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Cadets listen to a speaker during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivers the keynote address during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Cadets take the Oath of Office during the143rd commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    New London ― Hundreds of family members and supporters gathered Wednesday to watch the newest class of U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets become junior officers.

    This year’s graduating class consists of 220 cadets, including several international students and 13 Connecticut residents, all who completed an intensive 200-week course of study that culminated with Wednesday’s ceremony.

    The Academy’s 143rd commencement featured Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas as the keynote speaker for the second year in a row.