The USNA Alumni Association defines "alumni" as graduates and former midshipmen who did not graduate, after the last Academy class of which they were a member has graduated. This policy to include non-graduates dates to 1931during the Great Depressionwhen many midshipmen had to leave the Naval Academy to support their families.
Graduates include over 50 U.S. astronauts (including six who flew to the Moon), more than from any other undergraduate institution in the U.S. Over 990 noted scholars in a variety of academic fields are Academy graduates, including 46 Rhodes Scholars and 24 Marshall Scholars. Additional notable graduates include one President of the United States (Jimmy Carter) who is also a Nobel laureate, one other Nobel Prize recipient (the first American scientist to win a Nobel Prize) and 73 Medal of Honor recipients.
"Shipmate", the official magazine of the USNA Alumni Association, is distributed worldwide to members of the Association and to midshipmen, parents, faculty, administrators, donors, legislators, and friends.
In 2012, Sam Tan Wei Shen, a Singaporean, was the first-ever foreigner to graduate first in his class in the history of the Academy.
There is a variety of notable habitats and species in Northumberland including: Chillingham Cattle herd; Holy Island; Farne Islands; and Staple Island. Moreover, 50% of England's red squirrel population lives in the Kielder Water and Forest Park along with a large variety of other species including roe deer and wildfowl.
Charles Algernon Parsons, inventor of the steam turbine while living in Wylam, Northumberland
Thomas Burt, one of the first working-class members of parliament and was secretary of the Northumberland Miners' Association in 1863
Matthew Festing, 79th Grand Master, the Order of Malta.
Mark Knopfler, guitarist and frontman of Dire Straits, was raised in his mother's hometown of Blyth, Northumberland.
Gordon Sumner, better known by his stage name of Sting, a schoolteacher turned musician was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1951
Henry 'Hotspur' Percy (13651403), borders warlord and rebel
Billy Pigg, a 20th-century musician who was vice-President of the Northumbrian Pipers Society
Alan Shearer footballer, lives in Ponteland.
Algernon Charles Swinburne, a poet raised at Capheaton Hall
Kathryn Tickell, a modern-day player of the Northumbrian smallpipes
Turner, Thomas Girtin and John Cotman all painted memorable pictures of Northumberland. Turner always tipped his hat towards Norham Castle as the foundation of his fame and fortune.
Jonny Wilkinson, English rugby player, currently lives in rural Northumberland.
Ragnar Lodbrok, Legendary Viking leader
Allan Holdsworth, guitarist, originated from Newcastle upon Tyne before moving to California.
The site  contains exhaustive detailed entries for famous deceased Northumbrians.