Texas A&M, Sam Houston State Announce Commencement Speakers

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Former astronaut and retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr. will be the spring commencement convocation speaker for Texas A&M University while U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will address graduates from Sam Houston State.

Gen. Bolden will speak on May 14th, at 5:30 p.m. at Reed Arena, which will be open to all spring degree candidates and their family members and friends.

The general was a space shuttle pilot astronaut for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for 13 years, flying four space missions, and served as assistant deputy administrator for NASA from April 1992 to June 1993. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in May 2006.

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will join Texas State University System Regent Michael Truncale and educational consultant Mike Morrow in addressing some of the more than 1,700 students at Sam Houston State.

Hutchison will address the 2 p.m. Saturday graduates, Truncale will speak at the 10 a.m. Saturday ceremony, and Morrow will deliver the Friday evening ceremony’s speech.

The first, and only, to date, woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas, Hutchison has served in Congress since 1993.

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