Alumna Christina Koch, a NASA astronaut who participated in the first all-woman space walk and set the record for the longest single space flight by a woman, is scheduled as the commencement speaker.
WATCH: Koch reflects on historic all-female spacewalk one year later
Koch is a three-time graduate of NC State. She graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and earned a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Master of Science in electrical engineering in 2002.
This year she was named to Time's 100 Most Influential People list
At Friday's commencement, she will receive another honor: an honorary degree from NCSU.
The university's first-ever virtual commencement ceremony begins Friday at 6 p.m. While December graduations are usually for smaller number of students, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this one will honor students who graduated in spring, summer, and fall 2020 semesters.
You can watch the commencement at this link.