Nathan Hersom of Rockland, an alumnus of Oceanside High School, successfully completed four years of academic, physical and professional military training, graduating with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor's of science in Honors robotics and control engineering, and a commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

At the academy, Hersom was a member of the men's hockey team and held several leadership billets, including Brigade Drill Officer. His service assignment is Navy Pilot, and he will report to Naval Air Station Pensacola for flight training.

The U.S. Naval Academy is a four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen to be professional officers in the naval service.

More than 4,400 men and women make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. 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's 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 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.