Air Force Academy Address Will Be One of 3 Obama Graduation Speeches


President Barack Obama will oversee graduation rites for the Air Force Academy's Class of 2016.

The White House confirmed the president's plans to attend the June 2 ceremony in an email to The Gazette.

"The U.S. Air Force Academy is recognized for educating and training some of the nation's most dedicated leaders, and the President looks forward to thanking them for their service," Obama spokesman Keith Maley wrote. "Further details regarding the President's travel to Colorado will be available in the coming days."

Presidents have been a staple of Air Force Academy graduations since President John F. Kennedy spoke at graduation for the Class of 1963.

The academy's first class got a pregraduation pep talk from President Dwight Eisenhower but got an Air Force official for the 1959 ceremony.

In 2012, Obama addressed graduates with a speech that spoke of a new age of peace, which has yet to materialize.

"For a decade, we have labored under the dark cloud of war. And now, we can see a light -- the light of a new day on the horizon," Obama said. "So the end of these wars will shape your service and it will make our military stronger."

The president also will deliver commencement speeches May 7 at Howard University and May 15 at Rutgers University.

His presence at the Air Force Academy will mean airport-like security at Falcon Stadium for the event.

A presidential motorcade could also tangle Interstate 25.

Details on tickets for the event will be released next month.

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