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President Obama to Speak at U.S. Naval Academy Graduation



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    ANNAPOLIS, MD - MAY 27: U.S. Naval Academy graduates throw their hats in the air during graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Naval Academy May 27, 2011 in Annapolis, Maryland. U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates gave his last commencement speech to this year's graduating class. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    President Barack Obama will address the nation's future military leaders at Friday's U.S. Naval Academy commissioning ceremony.

    It's a tradition for presidents to speak at the commissioning ceremony for the academy in Annapolis, Md., about 30 miles from the White House. The academy says 16 presidents have addressed graduates and Obama is the sixth president to do so twice. His first address there was four years ago.

    Obama spoke earlier this month to graduates at Ohio State University and Morehouse College, an all-male, historically black school in Atlanta.

    On Thursday at the National Defense University, Obama defended his controversial drone strikes program and renewed his push to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility.