Katherine Clark ’12 graduated with high honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy


Katherine Clark ’12 graduated with high honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a commission as an Ensign. Katherine was a varsity starter and two-time Captain of the CGA Women’s Soccer Team and received the Captain Lee H. Baker Award, which is presented to a female senior for inspirational leadership in Academy athletics.

After completing the rigorous 200-week program, Clark and 194 classmates received their commissions from their Commander in Chief, President Donald J. Trump, on May 17 in New London, CT.

Daughter of Neil and Julia Clark of Sacramento, Ensign Clark will begin her career as a Watch Deck Officer on the Cutter Walnut (WLB-205), a 225 foot Sea Going Buoy Tender home-ported in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is the 5th “A” Class buoy tender of the Coast Guard’s Juniper Class buoy tender fleet. Walnut’s primary mission is to maintain Aids to Navigation (ATON) utilizing the Dynamic Positioning System of the ship or Walnut’s Dive Team. Other missions that Walnut performs are: Maritime Law Enforcement, Port/Waterways and Coastal Security, Search and Rescue and Environmental Protection.

The Coast Guard Academy offers a four-year educational program designed to provide cadets the knowledge and experience essential to become leaders of character. Cadets are required to devote themselves to an honor concept and after graduation go directly into positions of leadership in service to others.