White House says Clinton will deliver academy address

May 04, 1994

President Clinton will make the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy on May 25, the White House confirmed yesterday.

The president will address the Class of '94 -- wracked by the largest cheating scandal in academy history -- at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, said White House spokesman Ernie Gibble.

Lt. Cmdr. Paul Weishaupt, a Naval Academy spokesman, said that while the academy has yet to receive official word of the president's attendance, word of the commencement address came during a Clinton news conference this week.

"We're looking forward to it," he said.

Commencement addresses at the service academies are generally given by top civilian or military leaders.

President George Bush addressed the graduates two years ago with themes that are still current. While Mr. Bush said that the threat of nuclear war is "more distant," there are dangers in ethnic violence and the continued reign of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

Army Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf spoke in 1991. Last year the speaker was Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican and 1958 academy graduate who spent 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

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