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Joe Biden to give commencement address at Coast Guard Academy graduation
Joe Biden will be making a commencement address at the upcoming Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremony. Biden’s upcoming address would be his second time giving a speech at the academy’s ceremony.
The Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremony is scheduled for May 19, and it would be Biden’s second time addressing a graduating class at the academy. Biden previously gave a commencement address to the academy when he was vice president back in 2013. This time around, it would be his address to the graduating class as president and his first official visit to Connecticut as well.
It should be noted that US Presidents usually deliver commencement speeches at military academies on a rotating schedule. Donald Trump gave a commencement address to the Coast Guard Academy back in 2017.
“It will be a memorable event for our community, as well as a great opportunity to showcase the academy and the city of New London on a national stage,” said rear admiral Bill Kelly, who is the CGA’s superintendent.
The graduation ceremony would be closed to the public and due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a reduced number of guests attending. School officials have said that those who will attend will be requested to wear masks and observe social distancing.
In other news, the Biden administration is taking another historic step through the Office of Management and Budget, which is now asking Americans from both the public and private sector, to give their ideas on how the government can better serve underserved communities. The responses would be able to help the agency identify discrepancies in budgeting and policy that contribute to inequality.
The office will then coordinate with other federal agencies including the Treasury, Justice, and the Housing and Urban Development departments. This effort is part of the Biden administration’s plans to address racial inequality through the government and help Biden keep his promise of using his office to redress racial disparities.
In the executive order Biden issued shortly after getting inaugurated, he challenged the OMB to equally distribute federal resources. The order states that the OMB coordinate with other agencies to see how programs, services, as well as other processes can better serve all individuals and communities.