ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Mark Hanson of Hayward successfully completed four years of challenging academic, physical and professional military training, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor of science degree in political science and a commission as a U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt.
Hanson is a graduate of Hayward High School. At the academy Hanson was a member of the D2 men’s hockey team.
According to a press release, the U.S. Naval Academy was founded in 1845 and today is a four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen.
U.S. News and World Report has recognized the Naval Academy as a top-five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, and military law.
Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a bachelor of science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.
The academy’s alumni include one president, 21 members of Congress, five governors, 73 Medal of Honor recipients, two Nobel Prize winners, 52 astronauts and 4,000 admirals and generals.