Vice President Harris To Deliver Keynote Address At Graduation

By West Point Public Affairs

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 Time: 15:25 EST RELEASE NO: 13-23
Vice President Harris

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The White House announced today that Vice President of the United States of America Kamala Harris will serve as commencement speaker at the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2023 graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 27.  

This marks her first visit to the academy and first time in West Point’s 221-year history that a woman will serve as commencement speaker.

“We are honored to have the Vice President as our commencement speaker,” said Lt. Gen. Steven W. Gilland, U.S. Military Academy’s 61st superintendent. “As an accomplished leader who has achieved significant milestones throughout her career, we look forward to her inspiring remarks to our cadets.”

Harris, born and raised in California, graduated from Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of Law. She is the first woman, the first Black American, and the first South Asian American to be elected Vice President of the United States of America.

She is the first woman, the first Black American, and the first South Asian American to be elected Vice President of the United States of America.

For more information about the Class of 2023’s graduation ceremony and to watch the event live, visit https://www.westpoint.edu/graduation.

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