Obama to give commencement speeches at Naval Academy, Ohio State and Morehouse

President Obama plans to deliver commencement addresses this spring at three universities, including the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the White House said Monday.

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Newly commissioned Navy and Marine Corps officers toss their hats following the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2011 graduation and commissioning ceremony.

Obama also will address graduates at The Ohio State University in Columbus and at  Morehouse College, the all-male historically black college in Atlanta.

Each year, the president traditionally speaks at a commencement ceremony at one of the nation's five military academies. Obama last addressed the Naval Academy in 2009.

In a statement, a White House official noted that the academy "provides its graduating midshipmen with extraordinary skills and character to lead the world's greatest Navy and Marine Corps."

The White House official noted Ohio State's "long tradition of leadership in research and innovation," which are key pillars of Obama's second-term agenda, while hailing Morehouse for its "high standard for excellence in learning and social consciousness."

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.

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