President Joe Biden to speak at 2022 Naval Academy graduation and commissioning ceremony; Blue Angels will perform

By Brooks DuBoseCapital Gazette•Apr 28, 2022 at 12:15 pm

President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote speech during the U.S. Naval Academy graduation and commissioning ceremony next month, the academy announced.

Biden is scheduled to address the Class of 2022 at 10 a.m. May 27 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

The graduation and commissioning ceremony is not open to the public, but invited family, friends and guests can attend. It will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

About 1,100 midshipmen are in the 2022 graduating class, said Alana Garas, an academy spokesperson. Most will be commissioned as officers in the Navy or Marine Corps.

The graduate and faculty procession will begin at 9 a.m. with the ceremony starting at 10 a.m., according to the academy’s Commissioning Week schedule. The Blue Angels are scheduled for a flyover at 10:04 a.m. The flight demonstration squadron will be practicing and performing on the days leading up to the ceremony.

This will be Biden’s first visit to the academy as president. He last visited in 2018 when he accepted the Naval Academy Alumni Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award on behalf of U.S. Sen. John McCain. As vice president, Biden gave the graduation keynote speech in 2015 and 2010.

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke at the ceremony last year. The keynote typically rotates between the vice president, president and the secretary of defense. In 2020, then Secretary of Defense Mark Esper gave the keynote speech at the commissioning, which was held virtually.