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'59 Very Brief Class History

In 1955, 1108 new classmates entered the Academy joining 37 others to form the Class of '59 with a total of 1145 classmates. Prior to graduation, 345 had departed for various reasons and four others separated without receiving diplomas. With a class membership of 800 at the end of course of study, we had 796 who graduated with diplomas and bachelor of science degrees and two others receiving bachelor of science degree certificates (OTG).  An overall graduation rate of 69.5%.  This percentage is almost exactly what the CNO told us in Mahan Hall in June 1955.  Of these 796 graduates, 783 were commissioned in June 1959. USNA Alumni Association and Foundation has described the history at Class History: 1959.

The graduate class members includes 31 flag officers, 1 Ambassador, and many, many successful men.

Graduate (+ 2 OTG)   Graduate - sort by Percentage
Title Number Percent Title Number Percent
1959 Class Ring
Admiral
26
3.26
Mr. 266
33.33
Ambassador
1
.13
Commander 189
23.68
Captain
169
21.18
Captain 169
21.18
Colonel
57
7.14
Colonel 57
7.14
Commander
189
23.69
Lieutenant 45
5.64
Dr.
20
2.51
Admiral 26
3.26
General
5
.63
Dr. 20
2.51
Lieutenant
45
5.64
Major 18
2.26
Major
18
2.26
General 5
.63
Mr.
266
33.33
Professor 2
.25
Professor
2
.25
Ambassador 1
.13
* OTG = issused degree certificate
* OTG = issused degree certificate
TOTAL: 798 100.00 TOTAL: 798 100.00

The USNA Notable Graduates site includes: a President, Secretaries, Ambassadors, Astronauts, Nobel Laureates, Medal of Honor recipents, Governors and Congressional members. The Class of 1959: Ambassador and Olmsted Scholar.


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