toughest course

Behind the Walls (Chapter 1)

Pairing: Professor!Bucky X Reader

Words: 1,775

Warnings: None yet…except talk about school!

Summary: You are currently getting your PhD in Art History, your dissertation being about The Power of Nudity in Art. Your adviser recommends you switch from being her TA to another professor because she feels her health is declining and wants you to get the best help/advice from someone new. She recommends Dr. James Barnes and believes he will be of great help to you. Things don’t turn out as you plan.

A/N: This is born out of my “admiration” for Bucky’s character!!! I am also writing this because I have this fantasy that always involves the opposite individual being a Professor! I honestly don’t know why I get turned on by the “Professor” figure. Having said that, I am a Sapiosexual meaning I am attracted to intelligence, and since I am yet to meet an intelligent person, I think I am mostly attracted to professors (which is honestly not a healthy thing…believe me). For now, this will just be fluff and angst, but will definitely include smut in later chapters. A bit of a slow build. Professor!Bucky has a metal arm in this one because I am kinky as shit.
Also, picture was made by @0-ves-0
Art is amazing!!

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Space In Between - Part 1

Synopsis: You’re a grad student studying aerospace medicine that’s transferred from Berkeley to Yale with the hope of getting recruited for NASA. Christopher Beck, taking a break from visiting the SpaceX Station, is your professor. What happens when your paths cross?

Warnings: None for now


Permanent Tag List:  @gratittie

Phase 1 - Autumn Equinox

Stone meets earth as heavy sun rays beat down on the large, expansive campus. It goes unnoticed, students too busy jumping off their bikes as they bustle to classes, student groups posted on lawn space trying to recruit fresh new faces, students already over the semester lying lazily in grass, reviewing textbooks and schedules.

School season had started.

You were part of the crowd. But no longer were you a fresh faced undergrad. Those years had long passed. You were walking Yales campus as a second year grad student, transferred fresh from Berkeley pursuing your degree in a Master of Science. You were being watched by NASA, you had been informed by a professor when you decided to transfer over, and the best way to really stand out in their eyes was to go to a school that specialized in your field. You had spent the six years between your undergrad and grad school doing a small residency program and interning at NASA centers across the country and now you were ready to make that next jump before trying to snag a job. You were ready for this.

You walked slowly into the small lecture room, your close and longtime friends Mara and Hector beside you.

“I don’t believe you decided to switch over to Aerospace Medicine.” Hector says, easily finding a seat a couple of rows back from the front. You shrug as you slide in beside him, Mara taking a place on the other side of you.

“Agreed. You were all about engineering your whole time at Berkley. Lived for it.”

You dig in your bag for your notebook as they continue their battle.

“I mean, we appreciated your cute little pre-med second major. Enjoyed seeing you in class. But I thought you wanted to be more than a doctor on a space ship.” Hector remarks and you roll your eyes as you sit up, shaking your head.

“I know guys! But then I read this autobiography this past summer on this astronaut who served alongside Watney. The Mark Watney,” They groan, rolling their eyes but you ignore them and continue “And it helps to have more than one skill. I know machines. Know I can get better at mastering them but I know them. The math makes sense in my head. Bodies though…it’s fascinating the science that changes once you’re in space. I want to master that.”

Hector and Mara exchange glances at each other before Hector says,

“You are like, balls to the wall obsessed with Watney and his crew. An autobiography? That’s what you did this summer. Instead of sleep and party and do what you’re supposed to do at 28 years old. You really got to get a hobby. Or a boyfriend.”

You punch him as Mara laughs, throwing her head back.

“She needs to get laid.”

“Shut up!” you yell and she giggles loudly as the door to your classroom opens up. The classroom silences, minus Mara’s giggles and you nudge her as a tall man with brown hair walks in, a leather satchel in one hand and a thermos of coffee in another. He’s wearing dress pants and a thin dark blue sweater, the material hugging over his defined muscles. He places his items on his desk before walking to the white board, writing out Environmental Medicine on the board in messy, scrawled out letters. Your mouth drops open as he turns to the classroom, his plump lips tugging into a smile as he rubs his hands together.

“Who’s ready to learn about Environmental Medicine?”

The rest of the room groans, Hector and Mara included. This was one of the toughest courses in this field and the professor was also a killer grader. At least the sixty year old man who was supposed to teach this course.

Not Dr. Christopher Beck, the 35 year old astronaut who had completed three trips to SpaceX Station and six EVA trips.

Not the Doctor Beck that you were absolutely obsessed with and had admittedly read his two books on Biomedical and Environmental Science.

Mara catches on to the way you’re staying, still flabbergasted and she pokes you.

“Something up?” she asks in a mild whisper and your mouth is instantly finding its voice, speaking all too loud and clearly,

“What happened to Professor Grant? I thought he taught this course. He’s  infamous for it.”

Chris finds your eyes easily, a playful smirk on his face.

“Decided to go on sabbatical in Ireland. But don’t worry, I’ll be equally if not more critical on the assignments I send out.”

This has the class mumbling as you lift an eyebrow, falling back in your seat and shaking your head.

“Of course you will. You’re a highly trained, intelligent astronaut that’s made six notorious trips into space, one of those serving with the infamous Mark Watney. Of course the university replaces the man who redesigned the Environmental Sciences with the one who was able to see those sciences come to life next to the world’s leading botanist and engineering. Of course, of course, of course..”

You don’t realize how loud your words are as you ramble, pinching your eyes together as you try to get your thoughts to focus. Trying not freak out. Trying to figure if you can get a course with anyone, anyone but him.

Not because you didn’t want to learn by him. But because of the deep, fangirly attraction that you’ve developed for him over your entire university life.

The words, however, hit every student and they start to gasp and Chris shakes his head, falling back on his desk with his arms crossed.

“Well, guess the cats out of the bag. Your classmate is right, I’m Dr. Chris Beck and I will be your Environmental Science teacher. No, I will not call Watney for your personal pleasure. No, I will not detail you every lecture with the details of my travels. I’m here to teach you one thing and one thing only. How the environmental shapes the human body. On earth, in space and in Mars. Now if you don’t have any other questions or comments,” he intentionally looks at you and you blush. “Shall we begin with today’s lecture?”

The rest of the hour is torture. You can’t focus, your brain distracted as Chris moves from one end of the classroom to the other. He was actually a good lecturer. He knew how to keep the room engaged as he droned on about molecular science, a topic that was as dull as plain oatmeal. Knew how to deliver jokes in between pertinent chunks of information. No, his teaching wasn’t the problem.

He was.

The sweater was an absolute sin. It moved against his body like it was part of his skin, and the defined contoured muscles underneath strained as his hands moved animatedly in the air. His bright, cerulean eyes popped with amusement as he delivered one line to another and you had to flit them away each time you found yourself staring at them too long. His hair had grown out a bit then the photo you had seen him in from his journey, and some ends curled in natural array.

He could be the best mistake that could ever happen to you in the world. And the thought made it that much more alluring.

You didn’t write a thing down either, your pen firmly gripped around your pen as you doodled mindlessly, biting your lip. Trying to will yourself to focus. This wasn’t like you. You didn’t get tripped up on men. You focused on school and work. You focused on your dream of working for NASA and going to space.

This was going to be a problem. Then, toward the end of the lecture you perked up. He was married. Everyone knew he married his fellow shipmate Johannsen. And they had a child together. Perfect. He had a perfect little family and there was no chance of your happily ever after with him.

You were able to finish the last part of the notes, promising to get the rest from Mara as he closed his argument. You hurriedly grabbed your things, stuffing them in your bag as you walked down the steps.

He had his back turned, placing his book and notes away before he glanced up, catching your eye.

“Didn’t catch your name.”

You turn, looking at Mara and Hector and he smiles as he points toward you.

“You know who you are. The one who unveiled my secret in front of the entire class. Bet that gets around by my afternoon lecture.”

“Ahhhhh, well I just you know, I just spend way too much free time reading SpaceX Station essays.” You try to brush it off as students file past you and Hector snorts as Mara says,

“More like 28 years of her life. This girl has read everything about that station, the astronauts who have visited, all your wo-“you elbow her in the chest before smiling at Chris who raises an amused eyebrow.

“We got a uuhhhhh, study session to make it to. Gotta go. Looking forward to your class Dr. Beck.”

You tug on Mara who’s laughing hard, Hector not too far behind.

“What the hell was that about?” Mara groans, rubbing her chest and Hector chuckles shaking his head.

“I think Y/N has a crush on our professor.”

“Shut it.” You grit through your teeth and Mara looks at you astonished.

“No way dude! Isn’t he married?”

“Yes! I don’t have a crush on him, just don’t want him knowing how I spend my goddamn free time okay. Let’s drop it and catch lunch.”

There silent before Mara whispers, a smile on her face.

“It’s literally 10 in the morning…”

“Whatever!” You huff, storming off without them. You had to get your shit together. For your sake.

Abandon Ship

“Abandon Ship”

This ship has made its final sail
Across this lonesome bay.
This ship has the lost the will to prevail
Underneath a sky so grey.

Such a mighty boat once caught the toughest shark
Who of course would not obey.
This creature’s teeth have left their mark
In wood which has now decayed.

This ship has taken the mightiest blows
Leaving holes pierced in its interior.
Gunfire and cannonballs from all his foes
Made this ship feel inferior.

The crew has abandoned ship
They’ve batten down the hatches.
This mighty boat is beginning to tip
While the interior detaches.

Even the captain walked the plank
Jumping into waters so deep.
He landed in the river’s bank
Where he will forever lay asleep.

This ship’s deck now lies in flames
From the battle which has been won.
Its history has been put to shame.
This ship has been outdone.

Fireworks light up the sky by all those who
Have maneuvered themselves to victory.
To all those on the defeated ship I bid adieu.
They shall rest with their ship in misery.

Multi Reality Collision AU

Reality, for most people, is how one sees the world.

Tsuna, and his guardians, see the world in vastly different ways.

For example, Tsuna sees the world as a story, one of which he is just another character. He is pretty okay with being a side character, as it means he doesn’t have to deal with all the stress and pain that comes with being a main character. After all, it’s the main characters that have to undergo the toughest trials.

Of course his father is kinda missing/off somewhere and that’s a bit worrying in terms of being plot relevant, but nothing has come up with it yet and he has absolutely zero urge to go find him so…

And then Reborn shows up and Tsuna can just sorta tell that this is a plot point that propels him into the story as a main character and he kinda freaks out. Thus his motivation is largely him trying to avoid major plot points and return to being another side character. (and then his own character development happens)

Gokudera, however, sees the world in ‘scientific’ terms. He understands movement in terms of velocity and vectors, tastes things as chemicals and sees general stuff as their anatomical make up. He reverse engineers bombs and dynamite from their chemical components and calculating trajectories is second nature.

His sister’s cooking is significantly more terrifying to him, as he can’t figure out where these chemicals are coming from??

For Yamamoto, life as a game. Literally. He hasn’t actually realized that no one else gets menu screens and skill lists. Pretty much all of Yamamoto’s skills are baseball related (and he has a really high STR/CON/DEX), and when he injures his arm, they all get <Locked> and he kinda freaks out.

He’s a bit confused when he first meets Reborn, as that’s a baby and (1) why does Tsuna have a baby (2) why does that baby have the title <World’s Greatest Hitman> and (3) why is that baby’s level hidden? He goes with it.

When Ryohei is a kid, he stumbles across a weird [breathing] technique that makes things hurt less and causes him to [heal] way faster. This, somehow, leads to weird [poses], strange [music references], specific word [emphasis] and screaming (“ORAORAORAORAORAORA!”). He hasn’t figured out [overdrives] and mostly just accidentally [charges] random things (and has to fight Hibari who is pretty irritated about his continuous destruction of school property.)

Everything has a soul in Hibari’s eyes. Objects, animals, people. The difference between souls of non-living and living things is pretty large. Non-living objects are dim, faded and don’t really move, while living things have a powerful light within them and are constantly changing.

Hibari doesn’t see the point in differentiating much between humans and animals, as they all have souls so shouldn’t they be subjected to the same rules? Hibari has had some issues trying to actually describe souls to people, as souls are really weird and not entirely visual and for some reason he’s the only one who can really perceive them. 

Lambo is kind of a figurative lightning rod and a literal antenna. He is able to pick up radio signals and so forth, which, as a pretty young kid, leads to him blurting out some pretty sensitive stuff at the wrong moment and getting sent off to go try to kill Reborn. He’s not really aware that he can pick up this stuff, and in the present (2004ish) it’s not super useful, but it becomes vastly more important as time passes/technology improves.

Both Mukuro and Chrome can see people’s dreams/ambitions. Chrome could see how important her parent’s dreams were to them and tried not to interfere with them. Mukuro, on the other hand, has surrounded himself with people’s who’s ambitions are to support him (or, in the case of M.M. fairly easy to reward). They can also see into people’s literal dreams.

Mukuro’s first contact with Tsuna ends up being “So your greatest ambition is to not be a main character(I assume that’s metaphorical)? Uh. Ohhhh this includes not being the 10th Vongola Boss. I can work with this.”

His initial assumptions get more confused as he/Chrome interact more with the guardians and pick up more of their ambitions (“Why is your ambition to ‘Level Up’. Can you even do that? Wtf?”) and dreams (i don’t understand what these numbers and chemical symbols are, why are there only numbers and mathematical symbols, why do you dream in numbers and symbols) (i have no idea what i’m looking at) (why is it so noisy). (Ryohei’s ambitions and dreams are relatively normal in the sense of that things are recognizable and his main goal is to “do [everything] to the [extreme]!”)

Since neither of them are particularly big on freely sharing information, however, it still takes awhile for the fact that no one experiences reality ‘normally’ to be realized by anyone.

Tl;dr: Meta!Tsuna, Scientific!Gokudera, Gamer!Yamamoto, JJBA!Ryohei, Soul Vision!Hibari, Antenna!Lambo, and Dream!Mukuro&Chrome assume that everyone sees things the way they do and miscommunication is the basis of pretty much every conversation.

anonymous asked:

MintyAU "We've been talking online for a while and I think i have a crush on you except I also have a crush on the hot guy from my trig class, turns out youre the same person now its awkward" with a cute outcome?

Bless you for being so patient, this took longer than it should have. I hope you like it! Prompts are closed

Come on, give me something?

Miller smirked at the blue glow of his cell phone.

Fine. My dad calls me Nate

Monty responded in record time.

That’s not something no one else knows. I bet your dad calls you that around your friends

My friends don’t come over a lot. How do you text this fast?

Because I’m me. Now, you promised you’d tell me something no one else knows about you

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Champions break glass at Under Armour Pre Open event - @UAGolf

Ahead of one of golf’s most highly anticipated events, The British Open, Under Armour hosted an interactive media event at the Fairmont Golf Club in St. Andrews featuring two-time Major champion and recent John Deere Classic winner Jordan Spieth and UA golfers Hunter Mahan, Gary Woodland, Bernd Wiesberger and Matt Fitzpatrick.

During the 2-hour immersive brand experience, attendees heard from Under Armour Vice President of Sports Marketing, Ryan Kuehl about the growth of the Under Armour Brand and UA Golf category, learned about the latest golf product innovation, UA Storm technology, as well as gained some personal insight from all of the UA Athletes during a Q&A panel hosted by Sky Sports anchor Kirsty Gallacher. Following the Q&A, the athletes took to the range to share tips about playing a links course like the Old Course at St. Andrews and how they adjust their game to account for difficult weather conditions. The athlete then took part in a friendly “target practice” competition, seeing who could be the first to shatter their individual glass targets positioned on the range.

Jordan Spieth on playing in The Open Championship:
“It’s such an amazing experience to play in the British Open. The history and the environment, especially on the 18th hole, is unlike anywhere else. It really gives you a true respect and admiration for the heritage and traditions of the game that have been around for so long. I’m really looking forward to getting out there!“

Gary Woodland on his training regimen leading up to a Major:
“I was a multi-sport athlete in college and I think that dedication to train both on and off the course has really impacted my golf game. On a week to week basis, I’m spending about 6-8 hours a day training for different aspects of my game.”

Bernd Wiesberger on his French Open win:
“The French Open is definitely one of the toughest courses I have ever played so to win there was a great accomplishment for me. That win has certainly prepared me for this week and I’m looking forward to getting out there on Thursday, feeling confident and prepared.”

Hunter Mahan on being the first UA Golf athlete:
“Being part of the Under Armour family and UA golf team from the beginning has really shown me how dedicated this company is to the growth of the game. Ive grown along with the brand to see how far its come in such a short time is really impressive.“

Matt Fitzpatrick on playing on the European Tour:
“I’ve had a wonderful experience so far and look forward to being able to continue my success on Tour. I’ve been able to learn from some of the other players, get a feel for playing on much bigger stages and i’m continuing to improve my game.”

A wise man once said you can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it. What he meant is nothing comes without a price. So before you go into battle, you better decide how much you’re willing to lose. Too often, going after what feels good means letting go of what you know is right, and letting someone in means abandoning the walls you’ve spent a lifetime building. Of course, the toughest sacrifices are the ones we don’t see coming, when we don’t have time to come up with a strategy to pick a side or to measure the potential loss. When that happens, when the battle chooses us and not the other way around, that’s when the sacrifice can turn out to be more than we can bear.
—  Meredith Grey

American soldiers earn Lanceros title.

[1] Capt. Richard Franko from 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), proudly displays the Lancero pin he’s retrieved from the bottom of his mug during Lancero graduation ceremony in Tolemaida, Colombia. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Fernando Lozano, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs, 3 DEC 2013.)

[2] Colombian Maj. Gen. Juan Pablo Rodriguez Barragan, the commander of the Colombian National Army, congratulations Staff Sgt. Jose Centeno before he is presented his Lancero badge. Centeno, a Cuban-American from Kissimmee, Fla., is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group based at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Centeno placed second overall in his graduating class. He said earning the title of Lancero gives him credibility with his Colombian partners.

[3] Sgt. 1st Class Aledaine Lugo Garcia salutes after being awarded his Lancero badge. Lugo Garcia is assigned as an operations non-commissioned officer at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif.

[4] Staff Sgt. Michael Hayden is presented with his Lancero badge by a Colombian general officer during a Lancero graduation ceremony at the Escuela de Lanceros located at the Colombian military’s National Training Center. Hayden, along with fellow 7th Group Green Berets Staff Sgt. Jose Centeno and Capt. Richard Franko, specializes in working and building military capacity and lasting partnerships throughout the U.S. Southern Command (SOCSOUTH) area of responsibility, whose geographic landscape spans from the Caribbean across Central and South America.

(Article and photos [2,3,4] by Sgt. 1st Class Alex Licea, Special Operations Command South Public Affairs, 3 DEC 2013.)

TOLEMAIDA, Colombia - Special Forces, SEAL, Ranger, paratrooper are all titles and terms that tend to garner respect and admiration from U.S. military personnel and civilians alike because of the physical and mental strength it takes to earn them. In the country of Colombia and throughout much of Central and South America, the title of “Lancero” is viewed with the same admiration because it takes a certain amount of dedication to become one. 

On a hot and humid afternoon at the Escuela de Lanceros or Lancero School, a gold and red badge with the title “Lancero” was presented to four U.S. soldiers during a ceremony at the Colombian military’s National Training Center in Tolemaida, Colombia, Dec. 3. Capt. Richard Franko, Sgt. 1st Class Aledaine Lugo Garcia, Staff Sgt. Jose Centeno and Staff Sgt. Michael Hayden stood proud during the symbolic graduation ceremony as they were officially made part of a unique and multicultural brotherhood, the band of Lanceros. Behind the pageantry, flare and colorfulness of the ceremony, the event was the culmination of 73 days of physically arduous and mentally grueling training described as intense and downright brutal by the U.S. Army’s newest Lanceros. 

“I would say this was one of the toughest courses if not the toughest course I will ever be a part of,” said Centeno, who is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, based at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. “We were put through sleepless days and nights, lack of food and intense physical training every day.” 

The Lancero program has earned the reputation of being one of the hardest military courses around the world. Established in 1955, its core system was founded after members of the Colombian National Army went through U.S. Army Ranger school at Fort Benning, Georgia. They used what they learned to form their own special operations school in Colombia. The Escuela de Lanceros is designed to develop its students into experts in small-unit tactics and irregular warfare. The school helps prepare the Colombian military’s best warriors to combat hostile organizations such as the insurgency of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, with whom the Colombian government has been in armed conflict since 1964. The Colombian government has engaged in peace talks with the FARC over the past year in order to seek an end to the conflict. 

The two-and-a-half-month course is broken up into several phases and students learn several skills such as irregular and urban warfare in both mountain and jungle terrain; water survival; air assault procedures; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape training, commonly referred to as SERE; and basic medical and human rights training. The course is as much physical as it is culture-based. The four U.S. troops gained a better understanding of the Colombian culture and forged a bond with their Colombian and international counterparts. Like Centeno, Franko and Hayden are assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin. For these three, earning the title of Lancero gives them instant respect with their regional partners. As members of 7th Group, these Green Berets specialize in working and building military capacity and lasting partnerships throughout U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility, which geographical landscape spans from the Caribbean and across Central and South America. 

“The language barrier was a bit challenging in the beginning but as the course went on, I really applied all of my training to get me through the course,” said Hayden, a native of Phoenix. “Despite the physical demands of the course, the best part was the friends made. There is a special bond that is formed with guys from different nations because we are all going through the same hardships of the course.” 

Along with the four U.S. soldiers, international military members from Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and for the first time Paraguay, attended the course. No matter what flag is on their uniform, everyone in the course has something interesting and unique to share with their fellow Lanceros. For most of the new Lanceros, they described the mountain and jungle warfare portion of the course as the most challenging. From long hikes, various road marches ranging from 10-30 kilometers and various other physical and mental draining events, the training took its toll. 

Franko, a native of North Judson, Ind., added that this school was just as tough and at times harder than the U.S. Army Ranger School. With training like this, it’s no surprise each Soldier lost an average of 30-40 pounds during their time in the Lancero course.

“I can tell you that the jungle phase of this course was very hard,” said Lugo Garcia, a New York City native. “Rucking in the jungle was definitely the most difficult part of the course because the terrain is rough, the weather is hot and humid as we carried 70 pounds of gear walking up and down mountains and through the jungle.” For Lugo Garcia, a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, assigned as an operations non-commissioned officer at the National Training Center based in Fort Irwin, Calif., the course was unlike anything he had done in the past. He also said that he is proud and grateful for the opportunity to attend this course, which is rare for anyone outside of the special operations community. “This experience was certainly something I will never forget, and I am very proud I was given this opportunity since I am not assigned in special operations,” he said. “I hope more Soldiers in the ‘regular’ Army get a chance to attend this course.”

Centeno, a Cuban-American from Kissimmee, Fla., placed second overall in his graduating class, and said the physical hardships over the past 73 days and lack of sleep and food was worth it because he truly has a new found respect for his fellow American soldiers and his international brothers-in-arms. “As members of 7th Group and always working in this region, it gives us creditability with our Colombian partners,” he said. “Being a Lancero is a way of life and I can’t be prouder of this achievement.”

Colombian Maj. Gen. Juan Pablo Rodriguez Barragan, the commander of the Colombian National Army, presided over the graduation ceremony and spoke to the graduates about the significance of being a Lancero. “Lanceros hold a very special place in our nation,” he said. “Being a Lancero is something that is recognized around the world and nations send its best soldiers and leaders to this course. I salute you for earning this accomplishment and you are forever a part of our family.” 

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Sean P. Mulholland, the commander of Special Operations Command South, based at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., was the senior U.S. official at the ceremony. As a Theater Special Operations component under the guidance of the U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Southern Command, SOCSOUTH is responsible for all U.S. special operations training and personnel in the Caribbean, Central and South America. 

During the official presentation of the Lancero badges, Mulholland and other senior Colombian military officials were invited by Rodriguez Barragan to “pin” and congratulate each Lancero. Mulholland, a Lancero himself and former instructor at the school, presented each of the American Lanceros with the badge and congratulated them for the well-earned achievement. In true Lancero fashion, the ceremony ended with all the graduating students doing push-ups before marching off the parade field.