CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — NASA administrator Major General Charles Bolden is scheduled to give the commencement speech to graduates at the College of Charleston on December 17.
Before becoming the 12th administrator for NASA, Bolden was an astronaut who orbited the earth four times aboard the space shuttle. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission, which featured a cosmonaut as a member of his crew. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2006.
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Bolden’s 34-year career with the U.S. Marine Corps included combat service as a Naval aviator in Vietnam and 14 years in NASA’s Astronaut Office. His many military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Bolden, a native to Columbia, SC, will deliver the commencement address to the College’s graduating class on Dec. 17, 2016. The ceremony will be held in the College’s T.D Arena beginning at 2 p.m.
The College of Charleston has a strong relationship with NASA, and is home of NASA’s South Carolina Space Grant Consortium.