May 19 (UPI) — President Joe Biden left the White House on Wednesday to travel to Connecticut, where he will give his first Armed Forces commencement address as commander in chief at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Biden is scheduled to deliver the keynote address to graduates at the academy in New London, Conn., at 11:30 a.m. EDT.
“We are honored to host the commander-in-chief as we celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2021 — the future leaders of the U.S. Coast Guard,” Academy Superintendent Rear Adm. Bill Kelly said in a statement.
“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.”
Former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama each gave speeches at the academy’s graduation ceremonies and Biden addressed the commencement there in 2013 when he was vice president.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden plans to speak about the role the Coast Guard has played in the nation’s economic and national security, and note his commitment to rebuilding the branch.
The graduation will be held outdoors at Cadet Memorial Field. It is closed to the public.
Presidents, vice presidents and top Pentagon officials deliver commencement speeches at the U.S. military academies on a rotating schedule. Vice President Kamala Harris will speak at the U.S. Naval Academy commencement on May 28 and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley will speak at the Air Force Academy graduation on the same day. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will speak at the Military Academy’s commencement on Saturday in West Point, N.Y.