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Coast Guard Academy 传统


Each year, typically 100 days to graduation, the tables turn and 4th Class Cadets become "kings for a day," as 2nd Class Cadets must square corners, brace up, and obey commands from 4th Class Cadets who are allowed to carry on.

Academy Class Rings

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rest of his or her life.

Combination Covers

It is tradition for cadets to place a picture of a loved one or someone special in their combination cover.

Commencement Formal

Each year during Graduation Week, a formal dance is held in honor of the new Academy graduates and their guests. Graduates, wearing Dinner Dress Whites, attend with their guests to celebrate.


ones after commencement.

Hallowed Words

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Liberty Bell

Tradition has it that the cadet who rings the black navigational buoy by the museum will be granted good luck.

Objee Statue

in jerseys, team hats, war paint, class t-shirts, or various other cadet uniforms or decorations.

Presidential 访问s

every cadet will have the opportunity to see (and many will meet) the President of the United States of America.

the escort dips the ring into a bowl containing waters from the world’s seven oceans. This is the “Christening” of the rings and acknowledgement that the cadet’s 1st class year awaits.

Shoulder Board Ceremony

Class shoulder boards on each former Swab.
Presidential Inaugurations

Cadets join the other service academies to march in the Presidential Inaugural Parade every four years.

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Billet Night

An annual tradition where Commanding Officers, staff, faculty, and alumni celebrate as First Class Cadets learn where they will go for their first assignment in the Coast Guard.

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The Hat Toss

The combination hat – symbol of cadet life - is tossed away as soon as cadets are commissioned as new officers.

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