This year, Bowie State University (BSU) commemorates its 145th anniversary as Maryland’s oldest HBCU and one of the oldest in the nation.

On Dec. 17, the BSU community celebrated graduates at the winter commencement. Graduates received degrees in more than 40 academic programs administered by the University’s College of Education, Business, Professional Studies, and Arts and Sciences. Charles F. Bolden Jr., administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) gave the commencement address.

Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Bolden began his duties as the 12th NASA chief on July 17, 2009. As administrator, he leads the NASA team and manages its resources to advance the agency’s missions and goals.