CASTINE, Maine — The nation’s highest ranking official in charge of commercial shipping will deliver the commencement address at Maine Maritime Academy’s graduation this May, the academy announced Monday.

David Matsuda is maritime administrator within the U.S. Department of Transportation. As administrator, Matsuda advises and assists the secretary of transportation on all maritime activities and acts as a liaison with public and private entities within the industry, including maritime colleges.

Matsuda was named maritime administrator in 2010 after working for a year as acting administrator. Before that, he held a senior post at the Department of Transportation and worked as a senior counsel and transportation adviser to U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.

MMA’s 69th commencement exercises will be held Saturday, May 5, at the Alexander Fieldhouse.

“The Maritime Administration is critical to the furtherance of U.S. maritime trade, work force development and maritime education,” MMA President William Brennan said in a statement. “The partnership that Maine Maritime Academy and our fellow state maritime academies have with the Maritime Administration is vital to our success. We’re honored that Maritime Administrator Matsuda will travel to Maine to welcome the newest contingent of professional mariners to the industry.”