Jessica Meir, a graduate of UC San Diego who was a member of NASA’s first spacewalk team as an astronaut, was selected to give the lead start address on June 11th.
Meir, who may travel to the moon this decade during NASA’s Artemis Project, will chair what is likely to be greater graduation in the almost 62-year history of the school. Enrollment approached 43,000 last fall and more than 11,000 students were able to graduate, mostly in two days.
Meir will be the latest in a long line of prominent personalities to launch at UCSD. Previous speakers include the Dalai Lama, who gave the speech in 2017, and former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, who gave the awards in 2019.
Albright, the first woman to hold the post, died earlier this month at the age of 84.
Meir is a Maine native who developed a fascination with space as a child. He received a degree in biology from Brown University in 1999 and a postgraduate degree in space studies from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France in 2000. He holds a PhD in Marine Biology from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UCSD in 2009.
Four years later, Meir, who has experienced scuba diving in Antarctica, was selected by NASA to train astronauts. She made her first space trip in September 2019, when she traveled to the International Space Station, where she spent more than 200 days as a member of the outpost’s scientific team.
In October 2019, together with NASA astronaut Christina Koch, they made the first spacewalk exclusively for women while making upgrades to the space station, enjoying a view that few people have experienced.
“You realize how insignificant we really are as a species, as a planet, in the scope of the solar system and the universe,” Meyer told the Union-Tribune when he returned to Earth.
“I think this perspective is really valuable. I wish every man could live it. “Because when you look down at the Earth and do not see borders and borders, you realize that we are really all together.”
Her spacewalk was historic. But Meir, now 44, was not the first person with UCSD ties to travel high above Earth’s atmosphere.
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, served at the UCSD School for many years before her death in 2012.
Megan MacArthur, who earned her Ph.D. in Scripps Oceanography, was an engineer on the last flight of the space shuttle program. He served about six months on the space station during a mission that was completed last fall.
Kate Rubins, a UCSD graduate, served on the space station during two missions, the last of which was completed in 2020.
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