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8 former cadets now officers with July 30 graduation ceremony

July Graduation

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria (left), the U.S. Air Force Academy's superintendent, presides over a graduation ceremony for eight newly commissioned second lieutenants in Arnold Hall, July 30, 2020. The Academy's Class of 2020 now includes 975 graduates. (U.S. Air Force photo/Trevor Cokley)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy’s Class of 2020 grew to 975 graduates when eight new second lieutenants were added to the school's alumni roster, July 30.

The graduates are 2nd Lts. Tyler Belyeu, Kyle Bundesmann, Steven Lamoureux, Eric Long, Kealohilani Mahi-Lyons, Denise Ssozi, Megan Weld and Trevor Whiteside.

Belyeu earned a bachelor’s in management; Bundesmann, Mahi-Lyons and Weld earned a bachelor’s in biology; Lamoureux and Whiteside earned a bachelor’s in general studies; Long earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering; and Ssozi earned a bachelor’s in legal studies.  

Dr. Hall Taylor, the school’s deputy head for student academic affairs and registrar, hosted the ceremony attended by Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, Dean of Faculty Brig. Gen. Linell Letendre; Athletic Director Nate Pine; and Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Michele Edmondson.

Edmondson administered the Oath of Office to the graduates.