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Biden to give Coast Guard Academy commencement speech

Biden to give Coast Guard Academy commencement speech
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President BidenJoe BidenDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Sasse to introduce legislation giving new hires signing bonuses after negative jobs report Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE will deliver the keynote address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremonies this month.

The school’s 140th graduation, set for May 19, will be the first time Biden has addressed a military service academy as commander in chief. Biden was previously the keynote speaker at the Connecticut school in 2013 while he was vice president.

“It will be a memorable event for our community, as well as a great opportunity to showcase the Academy and the city of New London on a national stage,” Superintendent Rear Adm. Bill Kelly said in a statement.

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It’s tradition for U.S. presidents, vice presidents and Defense secretaries to give commencement speeches to the military academies on a rotating basis, with former President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE last addressing the Coast Guard Academy in 2017.

Vice President Harris, meanwhile, will give the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy on May 28, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark MilleyMark MilleyOvernight Defense: Former Navy secretary reportedly spent .4M on travel | Ex-Pentagon chief Miller to testify on Jan. 6 Capitol attack | Austin to deliver West Point commencement speech Trump's Navy secretary spent over M on travel during pandemic: report Overnight Defense: US may keep training Afghan forces in other countries | Defense chief tight-lipped on sexual assault decision | 'Swift' return to Iran deal possible, US says MORE will deliver the keynote speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy's graduation ceremony on May 26.

The U.S. Military Academy West Point has not yet announced a speaker for its graduation ceremonies this year, set for May 22.

The ceremonies will be in person after the Coast Guard Academy and Naval Academy opted to hold virtual graduation events last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.