In celebrating our Heritage Months this year, we share information and the stories of how their heritage shaped the values and identities of our alumni growing up, how that identity was transformed as midshipmen and then as Navy and Marine Corps officers, and finally how that experience made them the kinds of leaders and servants they are today.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from 15 September through 15 October. We remember the many contributions of the Hispanic Sailors and Marines who have served throughout the history of our force. The tradition of observing Hispanic heritage began in 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson designated a week in mid-September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. Twenty years later in 1988, President Ronald Reagan extended that week to a month-long observance. Learn more.

The month of May denotes several events in Asian American and Pacific Islander history, including the immigration of the first Japanese people to the United States 7 May 1843. The AAPI communities have roots that span the globe, their success stories are uniquely American. Learn more.

March marks Women’s History Month. The U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1980 was the first class to commission female officers and since then our female alumni have served with distinction in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and assumed positions of exceptional leadership in command, citizenship and government. Learn more.
February marks Black History Month, a celebration whose origins date to 1926 that has been observed by presidents starting with Gerald Ford. As an alumni community, we want to celebrate the achievements of our Black alumni and the milestones they have reached in service to this nation. Learn more.