Aaron W. Stark, son of Drs. Richard and Mary Ann Stark of Kalamazoo, Mich. and grandson of Robert and Ruth Stark of Norwalk, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York on May 26, with a bachelor of science degree.
Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States, was the guest speaker and presented the graduation address.
At the conclusion of the graduation ceremony, the traditional hat toss took place with hundreds of children running on to the field to retrieve a hat. The cadets themselves made sure that every child left the field with a hat. At the conclusion of the graduation ceremony, each cadet had a private Commissioning Ceremony with their families and friends. At this time, the cadets are commissioned in the United States Army as second lieutenants.
Stark, along with several other cadets, chose the beautiful Cadet Chapel for their commissioning ceremonies. He had requested his two grandfathers, both of whom had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, to pin his LT. bars on his uniform.
Stark will report to Fort Benning, Ga. for six weeks and then to Fort Rucker, Alabama Aviation Flight School, 1st Aviation Training Brigade to continue his training in flying helicopters.