Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen is scheduled to give the commencement speech for this year’s U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony on May 26.

This is the first time the Academy will host the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the graduation speaker.

Mullen, a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, serves as the principal military advisor to the president, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.

Commencement exercises begin at 10 a.m. in Falcon Stadium.

Free admission tickets will be available through the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce starting in mid-May.