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Political Commencement Speeches for the Class of 2012—PICTURES

March 5, 2012

The parade of influential political commencement speakers is in full stride. President Obama is already on the books to deliver three such speeches this year, and other major political figures are also on the graduation circuit. 

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Click through to see where Obama is speaking this year, and also to watch past commencement speeches he has given since becoming president.

Vice President Joe Biden gave the commencement address to West Points graduating class of army cadets on Saturday, May 26, 2012.(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

President Obama arrives to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy, on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colo.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama shakes hands with the Air Force chief of staff, Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, before delivering the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

 

President Obama returns a Marine's salute as he boards the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 23, 2012, as he travels to Colorado Springs for the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Barack Obama greets students before the Joplin High School commencement, a day before the anniversary of the twister that killed 161 people, Monday, May 21, 2012, in Joplin, Mo. (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, Rich Sugg, Pool)

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services spoke at Georgetown's commencement on May 19.(PHOTO: CAROLYN KASTER/AP)

 

President Obama acknowledges the applause before delivering the commence address at Barnard College on Monday, May 14, 2012, in New York. Standing with the president are Debora L. Spar, (right), president of Barnard, and Jolyne Caruso-FitzGerald (left), chair of the college's board of trustees.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

First lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement address at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday on May 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds)

First lady Michelle Obama delivers a keynote address during commencement exercises at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Friday, May 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

 

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss), delivers the University of Mississippi's 159th commencement address on the Ole Miss campus, Saturday, May 12, 2012. (AP Photo/University Communications, Robert Jordan)

Mitt Romney gave the commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., on May 12. The speech gave the presumptive GOP presidential nominee the chance to address a key evangelical constituency in a swing state.((AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) JAE C. HONG/AP)

Vice President Biden's wife, Jill Biden, was the commencement speaker at Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on May 4. She will be the speaker at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, on May 11.(Broward College)

 

Vice President Joe Biden will speak at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., on May 26.(Mike Groll/AP)

President Obama spoke on May 14 at Barnard College in New York.(Wikimedia Commons)

President Obama will speak at Joplin High School in Joplin, Mo., on May 21, according to the White House. In 2011, Joplin was hit with an EF-5 tornado that killed 161 people.(Charlie Riedel/AP)

 

The president, who traditionally delivers a commencement address at a military service academy, will speak to the class of 2012 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., on May 23.(Ed Andrieski/AP File Photo)

 

 

 
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