NASA administrator will deliver commencement speech at Caltech

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For students in their last term – and for the schools they attend – it’s not too early to start thinking about graduation season. Caltech in Pasadena has just announced the main speaker for its commencement in June.

He’s Charles Bolden, the first African American to head the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

President Obama appointed the former astronaut and retired Marine Corps Major General as the 12th administrator of the agency responsible for exploration beyond earth orbit - and for Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

His own experience with jet propulsion includes four NASA shuttle flights, including the mission that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint US-Russian shuttle mission.

Bolden is a graduate of the US Naval Academy; he also holds a systems management degree from the University of Southern California.

He’ll address the 116th graduating class at Caltech on June 11.