– From staff reports

The country’s three major military academies will award degrees to eight students from Maine this spring.

Commencement was held Saturday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where President Obama delivered the keynote address and Ashley Morgan of Portland graduated. She will be commissioned as an engineer officer and is awaiting her assignment.

Today, Whitney Bouchard of Fort Kent and Thomas J. Hopkins of Orrington will graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. They will receive their commissions with their diplomas.

On Saturday, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., will hold its commencement, and five Maine students will receive degrees. The graduates are Forrest Bush of Milford, Matthew Libby of Scarborough, Nyssa Robinson of Manchester and Daniel Wheaton of Old Town, all of whom will be commissioned as ensigns in the Navy, and Nicholas Musto of Kittery, who will be commissioned as a Marine second lieutenant.

“I’ve had some amazing experiences,” Libby said of his four years at the Naval Academy, during which he visited 13 countries and met dignitaries. “It’s afforded me opportunities I never would have had any other place.”

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