NASA chief headlines UM commencement

Ann Arbor — The head of NASA will deliver the annual winter commencement speech at the University of Michigan.

Charles Bolden Jr. is scheduled to speak Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor. Bolden is the 12th administrator of NASA and the first African-American in the role. He has been on four space flights, commanded two missions and piloted the space shuttle Discovery, which deployed the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990.

Bolden will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

Other honorary degree recipients include Susanne Baer, a justice on German’s Federal Constitutional Court; Ralph Cicerone, a top atmospheric scientist and the National Academy of Sciences president; and Dr. Hamilton Smith, the winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize in medicine.