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>> [applause] >> [indistinct conversations] ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, please
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rise. arriving now, the honorable carlos del toro, secretary of the navy, general david berger, united states marine corps. admiral mike gilpin, united states navy, chief of naval operations. >> [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, accompanied by -- superintendent of the united states naval academy. ♪
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>> ready? >> ladies and gentlemen, we invite our guests to remain standing for our national anthem, sung by first-class donald neil, chaplain corps, united states navy. >> ♪
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♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, i
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invite you to join me for prayer . eternal father, as we gather to graduate in the commission, the class of 2022, we realize only four years ago, these midshipmen arrived at the naval academy and marched through the doors of bankrupt all to begin a wife -- a life of service. it was there they were taught the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty. we are prepared for the arduous task of military leadership. may their memories of the naval academy always bring happiness and peace to their hearts. may the friendships they formed here sustain them throughout their lives. may their service to america make our country stronger. on this day, as they receive their commissions, as they take their rightful places to the services in which they have been assigned, let them protect them
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from all harm. father, less those who love them , and even now, are looking on with deep pride and affection. give them this rich satisfaction of knowing that, without their crucial contributions, this day would not have come for the midshipmen they call their own. finally, bless our country. grant that it may ever serve as a beacon of light in a world approaching darkness. we pray this in your holy name, amen. please be seated. ladies and gentlemen, the 53rd superintendent of the united states naval academy, admiral sean s buck. >> [applause]
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>> welcome, president biden, secretary del tauro, general berger, admiral gill day, family, friends, most importantly, the class of 2022. let me be the first to congratulate you today -- today is your day. >> [applause] close i cannot tell you how thrilled i am to be here today, looking at you and your loved ones at the navy memorial stadium. so much has been done to make commissioning week run smoothly and safely, and set up this beautiful ceremony. i would like to make a moment to thank our faculty and staff, the naval academy athletic association, the blue angels earlier in the week, i am sorry we will not have them today.
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the class of 1972, which is this years link in the chain class. our chaplain corps, and our very own naval academy band, for putting on a fabulous ceremony this year for our graduating class. how about a round of applause? >> [applause] close to the mothers and fathers, brothers -- >> to the mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, we thank you for your unwavering and everlasting support of the men and women that are on this field. the class of 22 whether a local pandemic during the heart of their naval academy journey. while i am proud of the resilience they demonstrated during the darkest hours of that journey, i am most proud of the leadership that they demonstrated, navigating the
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brigade of shipmen in that challenging period. the class of 2022 re-instilled a sense of unity, camaraderie, amongst their fellow midshipmen that had been fragmented during the toughest period's of the pandemic. the class will be forever grateful for your grip, -- grit, drive that have helped this past year. 2022, your journey mirrors the class of 1920 two, who has the responsibility of reinvigorating many customs and traditions and spirit on the yard, following the demands of the first world war and spanish flu. in their lucky bag, they published the following verse in a poem entitled "annapolis."
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the four years we carried here, we long to rome. when he came -- the time came to depart, it felt like leaving home. 2022, like every class before you, during your time in annapolis, your gaze has been necessarily focused on the horizon and challenges to come. by design, your four years by the bay are spent in constant preparation for what comes next as officers in the fleet, and the great adventures that await each and every one of you. within the hour, each of you will raise your right hand and take an oath to defend the constitution. that action and promise will bind you to every naval academy graduate that has come before you, and every graduate that will follow. take your oath today with the knowledge that you have a strong foundation upon which to continue your journey as navy and marine corps officer's.
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know that the yard, the faculty and staff who have dedicated their life's work to their mission and this community of alumni you are joining today will forever remain your home, ready to welcome you back to our shores from wherever you may roam. your nation is counting on you, class of 2022, your naval academy and fram will -- family is proud of you. we look forward to seeing what you will accomplish. ladies and gentlemen, it is distinct pleasure to introduce the 78th secretary of the navy, the honorable carlos del toro. >> [applause] >> good morning, class of 2022. president biden, thank you for joining us today, and for your principal leadership of our
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armed services. my wife and i appreciate all that you and dr. biden do for our military families. we thank you for the compassion that you have shown to families around the world who are seeking a better life. this is personal to me. 39 years ago, there were two refugees amongst the families watching the ceremony. their names were martha and raul del toro, i parents. they brought me to this country from cuba when i was one-year-old, escaping the dictatorship of fidel castro. the united states welcomed us with open arms. i grew up in a nation that was built on values, protected by military built on honor. joining that the military and graduating from this institution was my chance to give back to this great nation. i know my parents were proud of
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my individual achievements that day. i know they were deeply proud of their own, then 17 year journey in america, as difficult as it was. i hope today every family here takes a deep measure of pride in the journey that has brought you to this moment. today is more than just an individual achievement by these proud young men and women before us. it is truly a family accomplishment. it is the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice on the part of parents, grandparents, siblings, loved ones, molding these young men and women into patriots ready to serve their country. you have instilled in them the core values they will need to succeed as officers as lifelong leaders. among those valleys are
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discipline, skill, passion, commitment. commissioning for the united states naval academy is one of the toughest things in a young person can do with their lives. every rising lieutenant today, thank you for your decision to serve our nation. to the likes you have shown here -- to the excellence you have shown here. today, you will receive two documents. you should be proud of both of them. your degree represents a tremendous individual achievement, graduation from one of the most elite academic institutions in the world. the other document is different. your commission is a statement, a trust directly from the president of the united states, administered today by the marine corps and chief of naval operations. be worthy of that trust at all times, from the moment you arrive at your every first command, you will be entrusted with responsibility to lead our
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sailors and marines. you will be called upon to make hard decisions, demonstrate leadership, and think strategically. as you rise through the ranks, you will help chart our nations future through many challenges, from strategic competition with china and russia, to climate change. you cannot know where your career might take you even more than admiral buck and i did in 1983. my earliest assignments took many tools in my leadership kit, ones i relay upon even today as secretary of the navy. i learned the importance of listening to those we lead, particularly noncommissioned officers. you must do the same. be humble. be inquisitive. always ready to learn, always willing to listen. give your people the opportunity and motivation to share your ideas -- their ideas and concerns. you have many great leaders to follow, many great examples to emulate. do not just follow in their footsteps schema -- footsteps,
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either. be bold. fulfill your destiny. almost 39 years to this day, then secretary of the navy told us, work within the navy system. do not give away your special self, your individuality, i remember shaking his hand that day. i couldn't think of what went through his mind, now i do. he felt immense pride, as i do today. handing off his legacy to the next generation of leaders. officers, where you stand today, who have become admirals. battle tested veterans. legacy includes joining the united states president diplomats, leaders, extraordinary members of our community. everyone one of them stepped forward and took the same oath you take today. every one of them was in some
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manner tested against that oath, as you will surely be. always live up to your commitment. remember what brought you here, and who brought you here, that will determine everything about where you go from here. congratulations to the class of 2020 two, and to all of your families and friends, thank you, thank you. i am honored to welcome you all to the force and fleet. thank you. >> [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinct honor to introduce the 46th president of the united states, the honorable joseph r biden, junior.
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>> [applause] pres. biden: hello, naval academy. woah. before i begin my speech, i thought crossed my mind as i was told the class of 1972 is here. i was appointed to the academy in 1965 by the senator i was running against in 1972. never planned it that way. i was only 29 years old when i was running. he was a fine man, his name was jay campbell. i didn't come to the academy because i wanted to be a football star, you had a guy named stop i can fully know here.
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i went to delaware. all kidding aside, the best line of the debate was, after it was all over, the questioner, who was a good guy, but supported my opponent, who was a good well -- a good man, as well. senator, anything else you want to say? he said, yes. he took a microphone. he said, you know, joe, if you are accepting my commission, the appointment to the academy, you still have one year and three months active duty, i would have no problems right now. >> [laughter] >> the class of 1972, welcome. you must be. proud of all you have seen and done. pres. biden: you made it. you made it. >> [applause] pres. biden: i bet there were
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times you wondered if you would ever see this day. especially those early days, you had to memorize every point to make it through the sea trials, even passing chemistry for god's sake. [laughter] pres. biden: this education has, at times, pushed the edge of what you thought would be possible in order to develop you morally, mentally and physically. it was worth it. it was worth it because, today, you stand ready to assume the title you have been working toward for so long. united states navy, second lieutenant, united states marine corps. embers of the greatest force in the history of the world, that is no exaggeration. you have earned it. congratulations. >> [applause] pres. biden: i mean it.
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i have been in and out of iraq and afghanistan 38 times, my son spent a year in iraq, given a service medal, anyway. i have seen you in action. this is the finest military, not a joke we have the finest military in the history of the world. thank you, admiral, for the work you have done to put these young men and women in shape. i arrived here four days ago, the officers and armed services of the united states of america. secretary del toro, admiral gill bay, general berger, you know better than anyone how important these munitions are, we are going to ask these young officers to carry out. looking out this field, it is clear to me are sending our finest. great to see you, i am told you are here. want to recognize congressman
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dish ra and congressman crowley, both here today as proud parents, commissioning midshipmen. >> [applause] pres. biden: i know midshipmen are holding in their hearts the memory of two classmates who tragically did not live to see this day. i hope i am pronouncing the name correctly, carino and michael mill james. this is your day. i want to start by recognizing the people who got you here. your parents. your family. everyone here who shows the support to get you there, that is their day as well stand up and clap for them. for them. >> [applause] pres. biden: i mean it. moms and dads and grandparents, thanks for instilling such honor
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and integrity in these young women and men. class of 2022, you have made incredible memories. please, have a seat. during your time in the yard, after all of this, this class holds one of the fastest climes in history. upholding a tradition, the class chain 50 years ago, this is the class that has earned the record number in the instar competition. >> [applause] pres. biden: i hope my son in heaven doesn't hear me saying that part. he is armed. diego phaedo, who wasn't expecting that snap in this years army navy game, once he got the ball, he knew what the
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hell to do with it, didn't he? you won the game. sarah spinner, the 54th row scholar of the united states naval academy. 54th. led the women's rugby team to a national title. stand up. i want you standing up. >> [applause] pres. biden: now, sarah is on the olympic team. i cannot wait to see you, kid. i cannot wait to see you. i couldn't play football anymore, i played rugby in law school. i should have spent more time in law school. anyways. class of midshipmen, first class andre briscoe, class president. >> [applause] pres. biden: somebody told me
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you may have questions for me. >> [applause] pres. biden: i think only the class understands that one. you have all got so much to be proud of, you really do. >> [laughter] pres. biden: by the way, once you are commission, remember, i am your commander in chief. do not ask me to tough a question, ok? look. i know, unlike me, when i graduated from the university of l aware, -- delaware, i had a few minor infractions, like cozying down with the ra -- anyway. unfortunately, we didn't have the same tradition you have here. before i take care of you, let's
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not forget, this is the class in raleigh and air force we, they are trying to clear the chocolate syrup off of king hall. you live through the redmeat massacre. that helped the printers earned their jump wings. >> [laughter] pres. biden: anyone who wants to fess up to getting the printer out of the chapel dome, admit it. as your commander in chief, keeping in long-standing tradition, i hereby thou those serving, you are absolved. >> [applause] pres. biden: as i said, i wished my graduation speakers did that. [laughter] you think i'm kidding, i am not.
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midshipmen, above all, the academy has trained you to be leaders. easy word to throw around, hard to accomplish. you did not take the easier route when he chose the academy. again, when you signed your two for sevens. you chose a life of service and purpose. you chose trial and sacrifice. you chose to be part of a mission greater than any individual. every class of midshipmen is tested, you faced added challenges to maintain a sense of mission and community and purpose on a global pandemic, forced everything to change. when you were told not to return after spring break as youngsters, on your second year, you were not allowed to see anybody other than your roommate. hope the hell you picked right.
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when you had to take your classes over zoom, sitting in your uniforms and mesh shorts, i figured that. coming back to the yard to remember what this place and time is supposed to be like, to return to a day to what was pre-covid to rebuild more, you have the responsibility to write the ship, all of you stepped up, i am told. you came together, learned the first most important lesson of leadership, always care for your people. respect everyone's talents. be inclusive. make sure the united states navy and united states marine corps draw from the full strength and
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diversity from this nation. everybody. shipman, for the rest of your careers, you are going to face challenges unforeseen. you are going to have to adapt, be ready to lead your people to whatever lies ahead. to state the obvious, no generation of graduates get to pick what world they are going to graduate into. it has already been formed for you. you must change it. no officer knows the range of challenges they will face in a commission. class of 2022, you are graduating at an inflection point, not only in american history, but world history. i mean it. the challenges we face, the choices we make our more consequential than ever. things are changing so rapidly, the next 10 years will be the decisive decade of this century.
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this is going to shape what our world looks like, and the values that will guide it, not just for the immediate future, but generations to come. that is not hyperbole. over the past few years, we have seen how interconnected world is. the dimi pandemic has impacted not just our own schooling, but every aspect of our lives. impacts and distractions and global supply chain, causing significant inflation. accelerated climate crisis is leading the rising seas and more severe weather patterns around the globe. putin's ruta war in ukraine -- brutal war in ukraine. he is trying to wipe out the culture and identity of ukrainian people. attacking schools, nurseries, hospitals, use ems -- museums,
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with no other purpose than to eliminate a culture. a direct assault on the fundamental tenets of world-based international order. i world that requires strong principle, engaged american leadership. where america leads not only by the example of its power, but the power of its example. think of why most nations agree to support us. it is the example, it is the example we set. you will learn to crew the most advanced ships in the world, train the most elite combat units, conduct undetected submarine missions, fly the most advanced fighter planes. the most powerful tool you will
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wield is an unmatched network of global alliances, and the strength of our partnerships. since i got elected, i have been trying to reestablish in detail. earlier this week, i returned from my first trip as president to the indo pacific. a region that will be vital in the future of our world. among the -- i met with the leaders of japan, the republic of korea, participating in a meeting with the quad which i restarted over china's objection, including australia, japan, india, the united states. four leading democracies in the indo pacific. i launched together with 13 other countries across the region the new indo pacific economic framework, to help write the rules of the road for the 21st century. before i departed asia, before i
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left for asia, i should say, i got a phone call from the prime minister in the sweden and the president of finland. could they come and see me? they came to ask me whether i would support them joining nato. the actions taken by putin were an attempt -- all of europe, -- instead, he natoized. all of this is illustrative of a foreign policy built around the power of working together with allies and partners, to amplify our strength, to solve problems, to project our power beyond what we can do alone and preserve
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stability in an uncertain world. this is the work that will be asked of all of you. this is not hyperbole, i will be deadly earnest with you, it will be. sailors, submariners, seals, navy areas, we look to you to ensure the security of the american people, to build connections and strengthen the interoperability of our partners around the world. you have started that work at the academy. today, we are graduating 12 international shipment, representing 10 countries that will commission as officers and militaries of nations. graduates, you will be the symbol and strength of your commitment to lead the world. often shoulder to shoulder with
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our allies in critical regions of the world. like the service women and men i just visited in the republic of korea, the troops i spent time within poland in march, were making real our commitment to the security of our nato allies. the indo pacific, a maritime theater will be the leading edge of our spots to natural humanitarian disasters, showing people throughout the region and unmatched ability for the united states to be a force for good. he will defend the international rules of the road, underwrite the future of the indo pacific that is free and open, ensure freedom of navigation of the south china sea beyond a nature of the sea lanes, remain open and secure. these long-standing, basic maritime principles are the bedrock of a global economy, global stability. you are going to help knit together our allies, europe with
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our allies in the indo pacific. for the first time, i can hesitate for a second -- did anybody think on our call for sanctions against russia, in addition to nato? to australia? japan. north korea, which stand up and support those sanctions. the world is moving so rapidly. i need not tell you aviators, within the next decade, you will be able to circumvent the world within the atmosphere. in a little more than an hour. things are changing. putin's brutal assault on
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ukraine has spurred a global response, not just from europe, japan, korea, singapore, new zealand, and more. standing with us to post sections on russia, australia, sending military aid, germany, for the first time, significantly upping their budget. germany. fiji, assisting the fbi in seizing the yacht oven oligarch. we are seeing the world aligned, not in terms of geography, east and west, pacific and atlantic, but in terms of values. we are living through a global struggle between you talk or cease and democracies. i will note -- when -- chichi ping said to me, -- xi jing ping
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said democracies cannot be sustained in the 21st century. autocracies will run the world. why? things are changing so rapidly. it takes time. you do not have the time. he is wrong. each of you, as you go out in the world, will not only be a proud member of the armed forces of the united states of america, you will be representatives and defenders of our democracy. it sounds corny, but literally, our democracy. that is why you swear an oath, not to me as your commander in chief, but to the constitution. our nation is placing and you great trust and great faith. the young man with me today,
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with the football, all responsibility given to so many of you so consequential because you chose the honorable path. a generation of proud patriots have passed this way before you, patriots like a dear friend of mine, john mccain. john and i went after -- we disagreed politically on things. being here, i cannot help but think of john and how the naval academy meant so much to him. he chose these grounds for his final resting place. john was an american hero who withstood torture, when he came
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home, he decided to continue to serve it he traveled tens of thousands of miles as he was staffing me as a senator. i am one of the -- i talked him into running. he was a man of great principle and capacity. he always lived by a code, the same code that you all have been taught. it is not just words, it is real duty, honor, loyalty. he kept that code throughout his years as a prisoner of war. all the time he served in the united states congress. we often disagreed, but we were close friends. john and i, we knew one another. in march of 2018, john asked me
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because he wasn't physically able to come to the naval academy and receive his award and speak for him. after that, when john was on his deathbed, in his home in arizona, i went to see him. i was leaving after the visit. in a voice barely above a whisper, he called me over to his bedside. he said, "joe, will you do my eulogy?" i said, yes. at the same time, two guys who think they are hard ass guys, looked at one another and said, "i love you." class of 2022, john mccain's memorial was one of the first
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experiences you had in the academy back in 2018. your class motto, not all of me shall die. i cannot help but think, must be a reflection, some reflection of that moment in your lives. reminder. responsibilities you have taken on, and the legacy will leave behind is a promise, a promise you made to each other and to this institution. what lives on will be the service you give on to others, and the timeless principle you are willing to sacrifice everything to defend. in this moment, nation and our h this decisive decade. i hope you will keep the memory of the example of academy
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graduates like my friend john mccain close in your hearts as you embark on your commissions. i cannot promise you the way will be straight for the sailing will be easy. i can promise you that you all have the tools needed to navigate any waters you encounter. this great academy has prepared you to face every challenge and overcome any obstacle. you are ready. my wish to you is fairwinds and following seas because i know you will remain always faithful. may god protect you all and may he set you on your journey. may god protect all of those who wear the uniform of the united states of america. thank you for your service. [applause]
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>> the vice provost of the united states naval academy, dr. daniel o'sullivan. [applause] dr. o'sullivan: successfully completing the requirements and demands of a naval academy education is no small task. it is a steady dose of challenges ranging from academic to athletic to leadership and character development. i have no doubt each of you has been challenged, perhaps in ways you never expected.
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or to levels you never thought you could achieve. you did, and congratulations for each of you in doing so. to the families and friends of these soon-to-be naval academy graduates and officers, these soon-to-be and signs and second lieutenants and the faculty and staff here today as well, i would like to thank you and congratulate you as well. the rare graduate is the one who never needed the support of family and friends and faculty mentors. these graduates, like the tens of thousands before them, have depended on you. your support and encouragement. you were there for them when they needed it the most. i know you are proud of their success and we are most grateful for you, for your role in that success. candidates, please rise.
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on behalf of the faculty of the united states naval academy, i present these candidates for the baccalaureate degree and recommend this degree be conferred upon them. [applause] >> class of 2022, as you have successfully completed your course of study at our united states naval academy and have been recommended by the academic board as superintendent of the united states naval academy and by virtue of the authority vested in me by the congress of the united states, i confer upon each of you the baccalaureate degree with all rights and privileges thereon.
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congratulations. [applause] >> please be seated. the commandant of the reading core, general david berger, will administer the oath of office to those being commissioned in the united states marine corps. [applause] >> general berger, i present 271 midshipmen of the graduating class for the united states marine corps. >> admiral buck and colonel mcdonough, thank you for allowing us to be part of this ceremony and to president biden,
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i'm glad you are here. it is a very special day. if you have the seats we have and you look out on the stadium, at these future leaders, it makes you proud to be an american. today is a great day. [applause] today is a great day to be a marine. [applause] in a moment, those of you who are wearing the eagle will take an oath. when you do, you will inherit a legacy. a legacy of honor, courage, and commitment. from this day forward, that legacy is yours to protect. like those who preceded you, you will face obstacles that most
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would consider insurmountable. you will overcome them. like your predecessors, you will be expected to accomplish the mission under the most unforgiving circumstances of combat. sometimes without explicit direction, guided only by intent, a bias for action, and your own judgment. you will accomplish that mission. like marines always have, you will be expected to operate at the point of greatest friction, where the stakes are highest for this nation, and where the odds are most difficult, and like earlier generations you will find a way to win. every time, without exception. you must win. most importantly, you will lead.
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you will set an example of personal and professional accidents -- personal and professional excellence. you will lead with humility, with honesty, and with character. the way you lead, from the barracks to the battlefield, will big -- will build upon the shared legacy and define the future of our marine corps. welcome to the team. graduates to be commissioned into the united states marine corps, rise. ♪ [applause] raise your right hand. having been appointed a second lieutenant in the united states marine corps from 27 may 2022, do hereby accept such appointment and do you solemnly swear you will support and
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defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion, and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duty of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you god. >> i do. >> second lieutenants, seat. [applause] >> the chief of naval operations will now minister the oath of office to those being
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commissioned into the united states navy. admiral, i present a 791 midshipmen of the graduating class to be commissioned in the united states navy. [applause] >> thank you, colonel mcdonough. mr. president, mr. secretary, general berger. it is an honor to share this dais with you today. i would like to congratulate our second lieutenants. welcome to the fleet. [applause] class of 2022, over the past four years you have been tested morally, mentally, and physically. you'll been been imbued with the highest ideals of duty and honor
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and demonstrated resilience in mind and in character. from the long nights to the pounding miles, you've worked hard for this moment. you have earned this moment. you should take enormous pride when you launch those midshipmen covers into the air. as those that preceded me at this podium have stated, there is much more work to be done. soon you will step on your gold strike shoulder boards and a new greater challenge awaits each of you. your service in the fleet begins at a crucial moment and a critical decade, with a war raging in eastern europe and tensions rising in the pacific. your leadership, your conviction, and your commitment to our nation is needed now more than ever. soon each of you will be standing watch and a far-flung corner of the globe, ensuring life, liberty, and the pursuit
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of happiness endures for all americans. you will be leading the finest sailors in the most dominant naval force that our world has ever known. as an officer you are trusted with serving, protecting, and leading the american people's most beloved treasure, our sons and our daughters. fight for them and the sailors will fight for you. they expect you to treat them with dignity and respect, to lead them with integrity and protect their health and their safety and to cultivate a culture of trust with clear communications. draw on everything you have learned. when the storm clouds gather, you all need to be ready to respond, and if called upon to fight and win.
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in a few moments you will take an oath to support and defend our constitution. this oath is to an idea, not a person or in organization, and it commits you to an unbreakable code of america's armed forces. each of you have proven worthy of this undertaking. i am proud of each and every one of you. i look forward to seeing the impressive things you will do in defense of our nation. graduates to be commissioned in the united states navy, rise. ♪ please raise your right hand. having been appointed an ensign in united states navy from may 27, 2022 do you solemnly swear you will support and defend the
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constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you will take this obligation freely without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion and you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which you are about to enter, so help you god? >> i do. >> ensigns, seat. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, today we will graduate 1100 men and women who have met the many challenges of four years at the naval academy.
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in addition to those who just saw commissioned into the navy and reading core, the class of 2022 also includes graduates from 10 nations around the world. at this time we will invite these international graduating midshipmen to stand when their name is called, along with members of their national delegation who are in attendance today. these graduates, whose national flags are flying above the memorial arches at the north end of the stadium will return to their countries and serve with distinguish -- from the arab republic of egypt. from the kingdom of cambodia.
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from the kingdom of thailand. from malaysia. from the republic of cameroon.
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from the republic of cameroon. from the republic of korea. from the republic of baghdad star -- from the republic of madagascar. from rumania -- from romania.
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from taiwan. from gambia. from gambia. thank you. seats. today's graduates joined more than 88,000 men and women who have from the naval academy since its foundation in 1885.
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as part of our ceremony today members of the naval academy class that preceded this year's graduates by 50 years will honor this continuing chain of naval academy graduates by presenting engraved ensign or second lieutenant uniform devices to the class of 2022. several members of the class of 1972 are listed in your program and here to participate in the recognition of naval academy graduates contributions across the decade. please join me in recognizing and applauding these distinguished graduates. [applause] finally, before we get begin introductions of individual graduates, remind you of an important naval academy tradition. the parents and friends of each graduate are invited to stand
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when their name is called. in that way we can recognize your contribution to the achievement of these young men and women. the president of the united states will now present diplomas to those individuals graduating with distinction. those members of the class of 2022 graduating with distinction, please rise. [applause]
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>> the president of the united states, the secretary of the navy, the chief of babel operations, the comment out of the marine corps, the chief of midshipmen will now present members -- will now present diplomas individually by companies. odd-numbered companies will receive diplomas from my left and even-numbered companies from my right. >> from the first company >> from the second company [reading names]
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>> from the third company -- >> from the fourth company -- [reading names]
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>> from the fifth company -- [reading names]
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>> from the sixth company -- [reading names]
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>> from the seventh company -- [reading names] >> from the eighth company -- [reading names]
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>> from the knights company -- -- from the ninth company -- [reading names] >> from the 10th company --
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[reading names]
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>> from the 11th company -- [reading names]
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>> from the 12th company -- [reading names]
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from the13th company [reading names] [reading names]
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from the 14th company -- [reading names] [reading names]
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from the 15th company -- [reading names]
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from the 17th company -- [reading names]
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from the 19th company -- [reading names] from the 20th company -- [reading names]
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from the 21st company -- [reading names]
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from the 23rd company -- [reading names] from the 24th company --
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from the 26th company -- [reading names] from the 25th company--
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from the 28th company--
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[reading names] from the 27th company -- [reading names]
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from the 30th company -- [reading names]
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[inaudible] ladies and gentlemen due to animate thunderstorms we are going to proceed to the singing
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of navy blue and gold. please rise. [music]
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please be seated. the president of the class. members of the classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025, please rise. i propose three -- three cheers
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. please be seated, thank you. i am the president of the class of 2022. class of 2022, please rise. i propose three cheers for those we leave behind. hip, hip, hooray.
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[music] graduates should plan to present their military ids and pick up their diplomas at the area behind me. even member companies, at the visitor side. diplomas should be available for pickup in 30 minutes.
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the president has been kind enough to accept a gift from the class of 2022 in the form of a blue and gold jacket.
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[applause] ladies and gentlemen may i have your attention please.
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severe weather is approaching, it is now within 12 miles of the stadium. for your safety, please proceed to your vehicles.
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