Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the highest-ranking officer in the U.S. Armed Forces as well as President Obama? principal military adviser, will deliver the commencement address at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 ?one of Florida State University? three spring graduation ceremonies.
Mullen will be the speaker at the Saturday morning ceremony for the graduates of the colleges of Communication and Information; Engineering; The Graduate School, Motion Picture Arts; Social Sciences and Public Policy; and Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance.
His rise in the Navy began at sea. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968, then-Ensign Mullen deployed to the Western Pacific and participated in combat operations off the coast of Vietnam. Over the course of his career at sea, he served aboard six other warships, three as the commanding officer; and as an admiral, he commanded the USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group and the U.S. Second Fleet. His tours ashore have been focused in the areas of resourcing and personnel and included duty with the Bureau of Personnel, the Navy staff, and the staff of the Secretary of Defense.
Mullen earned a Master of Science degree in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and also graduated from the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.