Army and Navy Academy’s 103rd Commencement Ceremony
by Paige Maslen
June 19, 2014 • 934 views
San Gabriel Valley
The 103rd Commencement of Army and Navy Academy, a private military boarding school in Carlsbad, California, was held on Saturday, June 7, 2014. There were 67 graduating Cadets in the Class of 2014, including: Hao Huynh of El Monte (91732), Eric Lin of Rosemead (91770).
Eric Young of Temple City (91780); Magna Cum Laude, National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation Seal Bearer Status.
The 2014 Commencement speaker was Lieutenant Colonel Mark Duffer, USMCR (Retired), a graduate of Army and Navy Academy’s Class of 1984. Lt. Col. Duffer served in the United States Marine Corps for 22 years, during which he completed several deployments and received the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two letters of commendation, and various unit and personal awards.
Lt. Col. Duffer is currently a Boeing 737 Captain with the world’s leading airline, United Airlines, based in Los Angeles, California, where he flies both domestic and international routings throughout the Americas. He is a co-founder and partner in Victory Diesel, LLC, a Fort Worth based biofuels corporation, as well as partner and Board of Directors member with Minnesota-based Instant Wireless Interpretation (IWI), LLC.
Lt. Col. Duffer emphasized the importance of character and values, two touchstones of the Academy, and how they are the keys to future success.
Major General Arthur M. Bartell, USA (Retired), President of Army and Navy Academy presented diplomas to the graduates.
Founded in 1910, the Army and Navy Academy is a private not-for-profit institution that provides an academically robust, character-based education for young men, grades 7 through 12. It is the only private boarding school in San Diego County and the only private military academy for high school-age students in California and surrounding states.