President Biden will speak next month at the US Naval Academy’s commencement and graduation ceremony for new officers.
The academy announced Thursday that the commander in chief will preside over the Class of 2022 ceremony on May 27 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.
Biden will speak to more than 1,000 graduating students. Most will be commissioned as officers and serve for at least five years, either as ensigns in the Navy or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps.
The president makes little effort to hide how much he enjoys interacting with America’s uniformed men and women. He often waxes poetic about the service of his late son Beau Biden, a major in the Army National Guard who toured in Iraq and Kosovo before dying of cancer.
Last spring, Biden addressed Coast Guard Academy graduates, praising future military leaders as “the most progressive, best-educated, and least-judgmental generation in American history.”
“We need you badly (and) that’s not hyperbole,” he told college graduates from New London, Connecticut. “The country needs you very much.”
By tradition, the president, vice president, and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff address graduations from the nation’s service academies on a rotating basis.