Vice President Harris Scheduled to Speak at Coast Guard Academy Graduation

Vice President Kamala Harris boards Air Force Two after receiving a briefing at the Combined Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, April 18, 2022.
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Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to speak at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s graduation ceremony.

The Coast Guard Academy announced Friday morning that the vice president is scheduled to deliver the keynote address during the 141st commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 18 in New London.

The commencement is not open to the public.

"We are honored to host the Vice President and look forward to having her present the Coast Guard's newest leaders with their commissions,” Rear Adm. Bill Kelly, academy superintendent, said in a statement. “This will also be a memorable moment for our graduates before they head out across the country and around the globe to take their places in the fleet.”

Vice President Harris was isolating at her residence after testing positive for COVID-19, according to the White House.

The White House said Monday that she tested negative and has been cleared to return to the White House on Tuesday.

Vice presidents traditionally address the graduating class at one of the federal service academies on a rotating basis and she delivered the keynote speech at the Naval Academy graduation ceremony last year.

This will be Vice President Harris’ first visit to the Coast Guard Academy, the Coast Guard Academy said.

President Joe Biden delivered the keynote address during the 2021 Coast Guard Academy graduation.

President Biden spoke Wednesday at the 140th commencement of the Coast Guard Academy in New London.

The inclement weather plans call for the graduation to be held in Leamy Hall Auditorium, where seating will be limited.

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