Vice President Kamala Harris
became the first woman in the United States Naval Academy
's 175-year history to deliver the commencement
address to graduates.
Harris thanked the graduates' families and friends
for "the sacrifices you have already made and will make" during her remarks at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland
Harris told Naval Academy graduates who will serve at least five years in the Navy or Marine Corps that they would take the same oath she did when she became vice president, “to support and defend our Constitution against all enemies.”
The vice president spoke of graduates entering “a new age, a new epoch,” including a post-COVID-19 era, and thanked military
officers who assisted in vaccinating people
across the country.
is a "very real threat to our national security," according to Harris, who noted that some of the graduates before her would become "the experts who will navigate and mitigate this threat," such as engineers reinforcing sinking bases on U.S. coasts or electrical engineers assisting in the conversion of solar and wind energy
into "combat power."
This was not Harris' first time breaking barriers; she was the first woman, first Black, and first Asian American
vice president, as well as the second Black woman elected to the United States Senate
and the first Black person and woman to be California
's attorney general.