President Biden will deliver the speech on Wednesday during the graduation ceremony of the US Coast Guard Academy, making it his first speech at a service academy since he became president in January.
“We are delighted to host the Commander – in – Chief as we celebrate the achievements of the 2021 class, the future leaders of the U.S. Coast Guard,” said Academy Superintendent Bill Kelly in a statement earlier this month. “It will be an unforgettable opportunity for our community, as well as an excellent opportunity to showcase the Academy and the City of New London on a national stage.”
The opening speech of mr. Biden arrives more than a month after announcing that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11th. a stable democracy.
The ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m., will not be accessible to the public. The number of guests will be reduced and social distance measures will be in place, although fully vaccinated do not have to wear a mask, academy spokesman David M. Santos said in an email.
This is the second time that Mr. Biden addresses the academy’s graduation class. He last delivered the keynote address in 2013 as Vice President.
“You are studying in a world that is changing rapidly,” he said. Biden said said at the timeindicating environmental security threats and record high levels of piracy and human trafficking.
A president last addressed the graduation class of the U.S. Coast Guard in 2017, when President Donald J. Trump delivered the inaugural address. Mr. Trump used much of his speech to defend himself and tell participants that no leader in history has been treated “unfairly” by the news media and Washington elite.
President Barack Obama gave the inaugural address of the academy twice, in 2011 and 2015. He used the speech in 2015 to pursue his climate change agenda, calling it “an immediate risk to our national security.”