Aerospace leader to speak at SD Mines commencement

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A leader of one of the nation's top aerospace companies will deliver the speech during the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 170th commencement.

Alton D. Romig Jr. will deliver the address Dec. 20. He is vice president and program manager for Lockheed Martin Corp.'s engineering and advanced systems and advanced development programs, known as Skunk Works.

Skunk Works developed the first jet fighter during World War II. Romig has said that 90 percent of the work done by that division is classified.

The school will award more than 100 doctorate, master's, bachelor's and associate's degrees. Romig will also be awarded an honorary doctorate.

The event is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theater.

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