President Trump scheduled to speak at Coast Guard Academy commencement

NEW LONDON, CONN. – The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is preparing to host President Donald J. Trump, who is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at graduation on Wednesday May 17, following a White House announcement earlier today.

The 135th Commencement Exercises are scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Cadet Memorial Field.

“Every commencement is a special occasion, but it is particularly memorable when the President presents our future leaders with their commissions,” said Academy Superintendent Rear Adm. James E. Rendon. “We are also grateful for the opportunity to highlight our Academy and our mission to develop leaders of character for the Coast Guard and the nation.”

The President traditionally addresses the graduating class at one of the federal service academies on a rotating basis. President Obama came to the Academy in 2015. This will be the first time President Trump addresses a federal service academy graduating class as Commander in Chief.

The event is not open to the public. Inclement weather plans call for the graduation to be held in Leamy Hall Auditorium, where seating will be limited.

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