Community Q&a

April 24, 2005

THE QUESTION: WHO WILL DELIVER THE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS FOR THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY ON MAY 27?

President George W. Bush. By tradition, the president rotates his commencement speeches among the four service academies each year: the Naval Academy, West Point, the Air Force Academy and the Coast Guard Academy. Also rotating as graduation speakers at the academies are the vice president, the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. There is no fixed pattern to the rotation, however, which is occasionally broken by other speakers. In 1991, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf accepted the Naval Academy's invitation to speak after Operation Desert Storm. The last time Bush spoke at a Naval Academy graduation was in 2001.

Last week, the president addressed a group of midshipmen who gathered at the White House for the presentation of the commander-in-chief's football trophy by telling them: "I do appreciate the invitation to come back, and I'm looking forward to giving the commencement address this year at the Naval Academy."

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