The Faces Of Navy Grads After Receiving Their Diploma And Meeting President Trump

Benny Johnson | Reporter At Large

President Donald Trump gave a speech to the newest graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy Friday morning. Trump addressed the students, speaking of his administration’s accomplishments for the military and foreign policy abroad.

Then, the president did something very out of the ordinary, he remained onstage for another two hours, shaking the hands of every single graduate. That’s more than 1,000 midshipmen.

“I was given an option. I could make this commencement address, which is a great honor for me, and immediately leave and wave goodbye. Or I could stay and shake hands with just the top 100,” Trump said. “Or, I could stay for hours and shake hands with 1,100 and something. What should I do? What should I do?”

The graduates cheered.

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Trump then shouted, “Stay? Ok, I’ll stay.”

The hand-shaking lasted for over two hours. Trump smiled the whole way through and shook every hand. You can watch here:

Was the endurance handshake session worth it? Take a look at the faces of these new graduates after meeting trump and you decide:

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An United States Naval Academy graduate celebrates with her diploma as US President Donald Trump shakes hands during a ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland on May 25, 2018. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

An United States Naval Academy graduate celebrates with his diploma as US President Donald Trump shakes hands during a ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland on May 25, 2018. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

ANNAPOLIS, MD – MAY 25: A U.S. Navy graduate celebrates after he received his diploma during a graduation ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium of the U.S. Naval Academy May 25, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. More than a thousand students graduated from the Naval Academy this year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

ANNAPOLIS, MD – MAY 25: A U.S. Navy graduate celebrates after he received his diploma as U.S. President shakes hands with another graduate during a graduation ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium of the U.S. Naval Academy May 25, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. More than a thousand students graduated from the Naval Academy this year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Worth it.

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