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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks to reporters at the Israeli Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv on Friday, April 21, 2017.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks to reporters at the Israeli Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv on Friday, April 21, 2017. (Corey Dickstein/Stars and Stripes)

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will be the commencement speaker at West Point's graduation this month.

The U.S. Military Academy said Tuesday that Mattis will speak at the ceremony for the Class of 2017 on Saturday, May 27.

The retired four-star Marine general became the 26th defense secretary on Jan. 20, hours after President Donald Trump was sworn in.

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