NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Class of 2016 graduates and receives their commissions as officers from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson during their commencement ceremony May 18, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

Class of 2016: Setting sail with the weight of a country on their shoulders

As 186 cadets in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Class of 2016 took their final step off the stage to graduate, May 18, they also took their first steps into the rest of their careers. During his second commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson congratulated and welcomed the Coast Guard’s newest swell of officers.