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Bush To Speak At Coast Guard Academy Commencement (Connecticut)
The Day ^ | 5/13/03

Posted on 05/13/2003 12:57:52 PM PDT by areafiftyone

New London — The White House has confirmed that President Bush will be the speaker at the 122nd commencement exercises for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on May 21.

“This is a special class because it's the first one to graduate under the Department of Homeland Security, so we're very pleased that the president will be here,” said Cmdr.-select Glenn M. Sulmasy. “It's perfect timing.”

In addition, he noted, “the president and his family have been big supporters of the Coast Guard, so it's particularly pleasing to have the president here.”

Sulmasy said the last-minute confirmation would not mean any particular rush of activity because the service school always makes a production out of commencement.

“We always go the extra mile for commencement because it means so much for the families and the students who have spent four years of their life here,” Sulmasy said. “But it certainly makes it that much more special to have the commander-in-chief here for the ceremony.”

Most people involved with the ceremony are praying for fair weather because when the president speaks there is always a larger turnout.

President Clinton spoke at the academy for commencement in May 2000, and in normal circumstances the president would rotate among the four service academies, meaning the academy would have come up next year.

Bush spoke at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2001 and the U.S. Military Academy last year. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta was the keynote speaker at the academy both those years because the Coast Guard fell under the Department of Transportation until March.

But Sulmasy noted that President Reagan was commencement speaker here in 1988, followed by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. The elder Bush also was a speaker at the academy when he was vice president, in 1983.

White House officials were unavailable to comment on whether the scandal at the U.S. Air Force Academy had anything to do with the decision for the president to speak in New London a year early.

Commencement week begins Saturday with a number of events, including a moonlight cruise for the graduates. Sunday there will be a baccalaureate service in the Memorial Chapel and an evening parade at the Washington Parade Ground.

Monday will feature a parent/cadet golf tournament, drill competition and a softball game between the officers and graduates. Tuesday there will be an awards luncheon, and that evening, the commencement dinner and commencement ball.

Graduation day will feature a commencement parade at 8:30 a.m. and the graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. on Nitchman Memorial Field, or in Leamy Hall Auditorium in the event of rain.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: coastguard; commanderinchief; commencements

1 posted on 05/13/2003 12:57:52 PM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone
One thing that I have become increasingly impressed about with Bush is how hard he works. Not "I've never worked so hard in my life" barbara-streisand like Bubba used to wail about, but really getting out there and working hard for his legislative goals.

Bubba played golf most of his presidency, when he wasn't boffing interns.
2 posted on 05/13/2003 12:59:38 PM PDT by fightinJAG
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To: fightinJAG
He needed to keep his cigars in shape that's why he played so much golf!
3 posted on 05/13/2003 1:00:52 PM PDT by areafiftyone (The U.N. needs a good Flush!)
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To: areafiftyone
Lucky lucky lucky.........
4 posted on 05/13/2003 1:01:00 PM PDT by OldFriend (without the brave, there would be no land of the free)
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To: CWOJackson
5 posted on 05/13/2003 1:12:48 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks (Housework is a snap, since I realized, "Hey! I'm a guy!")
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6 posted on 05/13/2003 1:17:07 PM PDT by fightinJAG
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To: fightinJAG
LOL - Oh sorry about that! Didn't mean to gross you out! :-)
7 posted on 05/13/2003 1:18:09 PM PDT by areafiftyone (The U.N. needs a good Flush!)
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8 posted on 05/13/2003 1:32:17 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: areafiftyone
....I guess I should get my hip waders out.
9 posted on 05/13/2003 1:54:04 PM PDT by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: onedoug
She sure is beautiful...

Eagle is the namesake of my old Sea Cadet unit, and even now when I drive over the Gold Star Memorial Brige I look to see if she's in. We got to go aboard several times as cadets, truly an amazing ship.
10 posted on 05/13/2003 8:11:20 PM PDT by Rubber_Duckie_27
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To: Rubber_Duckie_27
She sure is! The white of her sails, contrasting with the blue of the water. Magnificent!

It looks like a scene straight out of the early 19th century!
11 posted on 05/13/2003 9:49:42 PM PDT by dsutah
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