New London — President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver the keynote address during the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's 130th commencement exercises on May 18.
The commencement is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Cadet Memorial Field.
"Every commencement is a special occasion, but it is a particularly momentous event when the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces presents the commissions to the Coast Guard's newest Ensigns," said Coast Guard Academy Superintendent Rear Adm. Scott Burhoe. "It's a great opportunity to showcase the Coast Guard Academy and the city of New London."
Presidents traditionally address the graduating class at one of the federal service academies on a rotating basis. President Obama addressed the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2010 at West Point last year.
Inclement weather plans call for the graduation to be held in the Leamy Hall Auditorium, where seating will be limited.