Mike Groll, Associated Press
Cadets toss their hats in the air at the completion of their graduation ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., on Saturday. Army Secretary Pete Geren lauded the courage of the 972 members of the academy's class of 2008 and thanked them for defending the "transcendent" ideals of the Constitution. West Point graduates become second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, and most are expected to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Cadets toss their hats in the air at the completion of their graduation ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., on Saturday. Army Secretary Pete Geren lauded the courage of the 972 members of the academy's class of 2008 and thanked them for defending the "transcendent" ideals of the Constitution. West Point graduates become second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, and most are expected to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan.