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The Air Force Academy's class of 2013 graduates Wednesday during rites at Falcon Stadium.

Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould wait in the tunnel Wednesday, May 29, 2013, to be introduced during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould wait in the tunnel Wednesday, May 29, 2013, to be introduced during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Graduating cadets march into Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 29, 2013, for the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Graduating cadets wait in the tunnel Wednesday, May 29, 2013, for the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.    (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduating cadets wait in the tunnel Wednesday, May 29, 2013, for the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Graduating cadets wait in the Falcon Stadium tunnel Wednesday, May 29, 2013, for the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduating cadets wait in the Falcon Stadium tunnel Wednesday, May 29, 2013, for the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Graduating cadets march into Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 29, 2013, for the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduating cadets march into Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 29, 2013, for the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III, visits with graduating cadets Wednesday, May 29, 2013, before the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh, III, visits with graduating cadets Wednesday, May 29, 2013, before the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Graduating cadets march into Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 29, 2013, for the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduating cadets march into Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 29, 2013, for the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Graduating cadets march into Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 29, 2013, for the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduating cadets march into Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 29, 2013, for the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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International students were recognized during the commencement ceremony. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
International students were recognized during the commencement ceremony. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Cadets react after getting their diplomas. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Cadets react after getting their diplomas. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Cadets react after getting their diplomas. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Cadets react after getting their diplomas. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Cadets react after getting their diplomas. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Cadets react after getting their diplomas. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Cadets react after getting their diplomas. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Cadets react after getting their diplomas. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Cadets react after getting their diplomas. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Cadets react after getting their diplomas. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
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About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
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Cadets react after getting their diplomas. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Cadets react after getting their diplomas. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Cadets react after getting their diplomasAbout a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Cadets react after getting their diplomasAbout a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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World War II aircraft fly over Falcon Stadium as graduates toss their hats Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
World War II aircraft fly over Falcon Stadium as graduates toss their hats Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Cadets celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cadets celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A cadet waves to the crowd after receiving her diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Graduates pose for a picture Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduates pose for a picture Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Cadets celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cadets celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Graduate Mark Stewart lights a cigar for Brendon Conroy Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after  the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduate Mark Stewart lights a cigar for Brendon Conroy Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Graduate Mark Stewart light a cigar for graduate Brendon Conroy Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduate Mark Stewart light a cigar for graduate Brendon Conroy Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Air Force Academy's class of 2013 graduates Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during rites at Falcon Stadium.  Photo by Junfu Han, The Gazette
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The Air Force Academy's class of 2013 graduates Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during rites at Falcon Stadium.  Photo by Junfu Han, The Gazette
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The Air Force Academy's class of 2013 graduates Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during rites at Falcon Stadium.  Photo by Junfu Han, The Gazette
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Cadets celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cadets celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A graduate waves to the crowd after receiving his diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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A cadet waves to the crowd after receiving her diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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A cadet celebrates after receiving his diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Graduates hug after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduates hug after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A graduate waves to the crowd after receiving her diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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A graduate holds up his diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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A cadets waves to the crowd after receiving his diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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A graduate celebrates after receiving his diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A graduate celebrates after receiving his diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley shakes the hand of a graduate after she received her diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley shakes the hand of a graduate after she received her diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Cadet Jonathan Fonbuena, right, celebates with another cadet after they received their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cadet Jonathan Fonbuena, right, celebates with another cadet after they received their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Cadets celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cadets celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Cadet Sean King waits in the tunnel Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cadet Sean King waits in the tunnel Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A cadet celebrates with another after receiving his diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Cadets celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cadets celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A cadet waves to the crowd after receiving her diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Cadets celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cadets celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A cadet celebrates after receiving his diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Graduates celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduates celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A cadet waves to the crowd after receiving her diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Cadets celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cadets celebrate after receiving their diplomas Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A cadet looks into the stands while waiting to receive his diploma Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Graduates celebrate with a cigar Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Cadets march onto the field Wednesday, May 29, 2013, during the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Cadets wait in the tunnel Wednesday, May 29, 2013, for the start of the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Graduate Mark Stewart lights a cigar for Brendon Conroy Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after  the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduate Mark Stewart lights a cigar for Brendon Conroy Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Stephen Houk, left, and Jeremy Drenckhahn hug Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Stephen Houk, left, and Jeremy Drenckhahn hug Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Graduate Thomas Swinchoski smokes a cigar Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduate Thomas Swinchoski smokes a cigar Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Graduates Kenn Boechler, left, Thomas Swinchoski, and Alexios Gavrilos celebrate with a cigar Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduates Kenn Boechler, left, Thomas Swinchoski, and Alexios Gavrilos celebrate with a cigar Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Graduate Mark Stewart light a cigar for graduate Brendon Conroy Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduate Mark Stewart light a cigar for graduate Brendon Conroy Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Graduates celebrate with a cigar Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduates celebrate with a cigar Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Graduate Brian Ford hugs Kayla Hensley Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Graduate Brian Ford hugs Kayla Hensley Wednesday, May 29, 2013, after the 2013 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony for the 1024 cadets at Falcon Stadium. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
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About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
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About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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Cadets react after getting their diplomas. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Cadets react after getting their diplomas. About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
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About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
About a thousand cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

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