Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to give Naval Academy commencement speech

Navy Midshipmen are seen on the parade grounds at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan is scheduled to speak at the academy's graduation and commissioning ceremony in May 2019.


By SELENE SAN FELICE | The Capital, Annapolis, Md. | Published: April 25, 2019

(Tribune News Service) — Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will follow in the footsteps of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to give the next commencement speech for the Naval Academy.

Shanahan will speak at the commissioning ceremony for the class of 2019 on May 24, academy officials announced Thursday.

Shanahan was also cleared Thursday by the Pentagon of violating ethics standards and favoring his former employer, Boeing Co., according to a Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General report.

Shanahan became the acting secretary Jan. 1 after serving as Deputy Secretary of Defense since July 2017.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington and two advanced degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering, and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management, according to his Department of Defense biography.

Shanahan will address roughly 1,000 midshipmen at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and will help present commissions as Navy ensigns or 2nd lieutenants in the Marines.


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Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan arrives for a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 14, 2019. Shanahan is scheduled to speak at the U.S. Naval Academy's graduation and commissioning ceremony in May.