127th Commencement Ceremony

Norman R. Augustine

Norman R. Augustine

Caltech’s 127th commencement ceremony was held on Friday, June 11, 2021. The keynote speaker was Norman R. Augustine, a longtime leader in the aerospace industry and former head of Lockheed Martin. Speaking to the class of 2021 on the theme of "resilience," Augustine acknowledged the odd circumstances of this ceremony. "You will always receive special attention as a member of the class of 2021 that earned its degrees under the extraordinarily trying circumstances that surround a pandemic," he said. "Few classes before you have been called upon to summon the endurance, resilience, and grit that you have exhibited." The Institute honored graduates with 476 degrees: 227 bachelor's degrees, 104 master's degrees, 145 doctoral degrees; and celebrated 50 additional graduates whose advanced degrees (12 master's and 38 doctoral) were awarded by the Board of Trustees in October 2020. [Watch the Ceremony] [Caltech story]