Trump ends Air Force Academy commencement speech by shaking the hand of every graduate

President Donald Trump delivered an inspirational address last week at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s commencement ceremony, where he gave the graduates something that they’ll likely never forget.

Trump promised the nearly 1,000 cadets who graduated that he would shake every one of their hands as they walked across the stage — and after he ended his speech, that’s exactly what happened.

Commencement Speaker Trump

The ceremony, where cadets were recognized as second lieutenants, took place on Thursday.

In his speech, the president told the graduates how much they mean to our country.

“To dominate the future, America must rule the skies,” he said. “And that is what your time at this great academy has been all about — preparing you to do whatever it takes to learn, to adapt, and to win, win, win.”

For this reason, Trump told graduates to “keep the wings level and true, because your country is sending you on a vital mission to defend America, protect our people, and to pursue our nation’s great and glorious destiny. Nothing will stop the U.S. Air Force, and with your help, nothing ever, ever will stop the United States of America,” he said.

To the parents

Trump also took time to deliver a message directly to the parents of the graduating students.

“To the thousands of moms and dads and grandparents and family members beaming with joy…thank you for raising rock, ripped American patriots,” he said. “America is stronger thanks to your love and your support for these incredible people, these incredible graduates.”

He went on to provide some words of encouragement to the graduates.

“No one can foresee all of the challenges this class will face,” he said. “But we do know that, with absolute certainty, you are going to be ready to serve, you are going to be ready to lead, you are going to be aiming at the absolute highest point and you are ready to fly, fight, and win, always win.”

A proud president

Throughout his speech, President Trump emphasized how grateful America is for the graduates’ continued service to their country.

“You truly make America proud,” he said. “You exemplify the grit, the guts, the grace that makes America’s Air Force by far the best in the world.”

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