President Bush will give the commissioning address to the Class of 2001 graduating midshipmen at the Naval Academy on May 25, White House officials said yesterday.
"It's an honor to host the president for graduation," said academy spokesman Bill Spann. "What better way for the Class of 2001 to start a military career than to hear from their commander in chief?"
The decision follows a decades-long tradition in which the president speaks at one of the five military academies each year.
Bush also will address the graduates at the University of Notre Dame on May 20.
The Naval Academy ceremonies, which are open to the 1,000 graduates, their families and invited guests, include a flyover by the Blue Angels and the traditional white hat toss.
The last president to visit the academy was Bill Clinton in 1998.