The American Vice President Kamala Harris focused on the challenges of the pandemic climate change and cybersecurity threats during her keynote speech to graduates at the US Naval Academy on Saturday the first by a woman at the 175-year-old institution. Ms Harris, the nation’s first female Vice President and the first Black woman and person of South Asian descent to hold the office said the pandemic has accelerated our world into a new era. It has forever impacted our world, she said. And also she said, ‘This, midshipmen, is the era we are in and it is unlike any era that came before’. In her speech to more than 1000 graduated including ones who majored in mechanical electrical and ocean engineering, Harris described climate change as a very real threat to our national security. I look at you and I know you are among the experts who will navigate and mitigate the threat, Ms. Harris said.
The commissioning ceremony was held in person again at the Navy Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, a year after the academy held its first ever virtual graduation and commissioning ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic.