Laguna Beach native graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy

Caden Capobianco of Laguna Beach successfully completed four years of challenging academic, physical and professional military training, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering and stands in the highest one-fifth among the graduating class, earning the title Graduate with Distinction.

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Photos courtesy of USNA Office of Public Affairs

Official USNA portrait of Caden Capobianco

He has been commissioned as a U.S. Navy Ensign (officer) and accepted into the prestigious Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) community and will start his training this summer in Panama City Beach, Fla. Capobianco is a 2020 graduate of Laguna Beach High School. At the academy, Capobianco was the captain for the Men’s Water Polo team, where he was a two-time NCAA All American, awarded Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) First Team, twice voted Team MVP and a USA Water Polo Cutino Award nominee.

Capobianco achieved the Superintendent’s List and Men’s All-Academic “Superior” (4.00-3.71) team all four years.

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Capobianco shaking the hand of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen.

Each year, approximately 1,200 students are admitted to the Naval Academy’s incoming class. U.S. News and World Reports has recognized the Naval Academy as the #1 public school, #4 engineering program, and #6 liberal arts college. 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 of Science degree in a choice of 26 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

The academy’s alumni include one president, 29 members of Congress, five governors, 73 Medal of Honor recipients, two Nobel Prize winners, 55 astronauts, and 4,000 admirals and generals.


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