Vice President Pence to provide commencement address in-person for Air Force Academy graduation

Published: Mar. 31, 2020 at 9:56 PM MDT
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The United States Air Force Academy announced it will recognize its graduating cadets six weeks ahead of schedule, citing health concerns over coronavirus.

Last week, the Academy confirmed Vice President Mike Pence will deliver the commencement address via video and not in person. However, a release from the White House on Tuesday stated the vice president will be traveling to Colorado Springs for the ceremony and the Academy tweeted out he would be delivering the remarks in person.

The class of 2020 is now scheduled to graduate on April 18. The public is not allowed to attend in person, including family members of the cadets. The graduation will be live-streamed.

“I have invited the class of 2020 to help the staff design their graduation ceremony, and they will do this with the same care for military tradition and the Academy’s legacy as they’ve done leading other world-class Academy events,” said Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria.

In keeping with tradition, the Thunderbirds are still scheduled to do a flyover for the graduation.

The Academy will release additional details of the event once they are available. The announcement added the celebration will ensure their health and safety by adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Defense guidelines.