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Public Affairs : Biden to Speak at USMA Graduation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  RELEASE NO. 07-12


WEST POINT, N.Y. – Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, will be the graduation speaker for the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2012. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m. in Michie Stadium. Approximately 1,000 cadets will receive Bachelor of Science degrees and be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Tickets for general admission will be provided at the stadium gates. Parking is available in many locations with free shuttle bus service to Michie Stadium.

Attendees should enter through Thayer or Stony Lonesome gates off of Route 9W. Thayer Gate (preferred) is located in the Village of Highland Falls. The public may enter the stadium beginning at 6:30 a.m. at Gates 6, 6A and 7. Handicapped access (wheelchairs only) is at Gate 1. Access will be restricted at 9:30 a.m. Please plan to arrive early. Photo identification for those 16 years and older is required upon entering academy grounds and all vehicles are subject to search.

In order to expedite security checks, the following items are not permitted into the stadium: no weapons, bottles, cans, umbrellas, signs, food, backpacks, noise makers, laser pointers, coolers, large bags (except diaper bags), and animals (except service animals for the handicapped).

Additionally, the graduation exercise will be streamed live beginning at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday. Please visit for more information.