Naval ROTC Pass in Review 2012
Nearly 50 future officers in the Navy and Marine Corps marched in the Pass In Review ceremony, an annual spring event at The Palestra, on April 18, 2012.

Pass in Review, a long-standing military tradition, historically was a way for a newly assigned commander to inspect his troops. Today, however, it is a way to mark the midshipmen’s “graduation” in a special ceremony, aside from Commencement, and to share these traditions and customs with family members and guests.

Six members of the Penn-based NROTC battalion, including three students from Drexel University and one from Temple University, will be graduating in May. Three graduates will go on to become surface warfare officers, one will become a Naval flight officer and two will become Marine officers.

The seniors will be commissioned as Navy and Marine Corps officers on May 12.

During Pass in Review, Penn student and Midshipman 1/C Amanda Spaeder, the spring 2012 battalion commanding officer, handed over the helm to Midshipman 2/C James Vika, the fall 2012 battalion commanding officer.

In addition to the many awards presented to members of the battalion from local veterans organizations, three swords were presented during Pass in Review: the Philadelphia Chapter Surface Navy Association Sword, The Navy League of the United States Gerard M. Mauer Memorial Sword and the Professor of Naval Science Sword.

The guest speaker at this year’s Pass In Review was Dennis DeTurck, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
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