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Mon May 3, 2021, 10:20 PM

Vice President Kamala Harris to speak at Naval Academy commissioning in Annapolis

Vice President Kamala Harris will deliver the keynote speech during the graduation ceremony on May 28, a White House official told The Capital on Friday. The keynote typically rotates between the vice president, president and the secretary of defense.

Until Harris, none of those positions has been held by a woman. But because Harris is the first woman to hold the office of vice president, her appearance will be historic. Harris is likely the first woman to give the keynote speech, although Naval Academy officials could not immediately confirm the first.

The Naval Academy will hold in-person commissioning this year, although at a limited capacity, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each midshipman was given a limited number of tickets for the commissioning ceremony, as well as for the Commissioning Week events.

A woman giving the keynote speech comes 41 years after the first female midshipmen graduated from the Naval Academy. Sydney Barber, who will graduate in May, is the first Black female midshipman to be the brigade commander.


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