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Vice President Mike Pence To Address Coast Guard Graduates In New London

Vice President Mike Pence To Address Coast Guard Graduates In New London
Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a press conference at the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru last week. Pence will be in New London next month to address graduating Coast Guard cadets. (Karel Navarro / AP)

Vice President Mike Pence will give the commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy in New London next month.

"It's a great honor for us to host the vice president and to have him present commissions to the members of the graduating class," Academy Superintendent Rear Adm. James E. Rendón said. "This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight our Academy and recognize our newest leaders for the service they will render to our Coast Guard and the nation."

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The president, vice president and other top officials give the commencement addresses at the service academies each year.

President Donald Trump addressed the Coast Guard cadets last year. He told the 195 graduates that "things are not always fair" and that "no politician in history" has been treated as badly as he has.

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"You have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight," he told the crowd, which numbered about 4,000. "Never, ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine."

President Barack Obama spoke at the academy in 2011 and 2015, and Vice President Joe Biden spoke there in 2013.

This year's commencement is scheduled for 11 a.m. on May 23 at Cadet Memorial Field. The event is not open to the public.

Pence, 58, was Indiana's governor before running alongside Trump in the 2016 election. He had previously served six terms in Congress.

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In 2017, Pence spoke at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He also was the graduation speaker at the University of Notre Dame in his home state of Indiana, where some students walked out in protest.

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