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Karen Nyberg receives honorary degree from UND

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Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - The University of North Dakota today honored one of its most distinguished alumni, one who has perhaps gone further than any other UND alum.

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After two trips into outer space, Astronaut Karen Nyberg returned to Grand Forks to receive an honorary degree from the university.

Karen Nyberg says she hopes her success will inspire a future generation of UND grads to also reach for the stars.

Friday's ceremony is one of the largest august commencements ever for the university.

515 students are eligible to graduate.

Nyberg earned her bachelor's degree from UND in 1994.

She says she's never forgotten the lessons she learned in Grand Forks, lessons that helped take her career to new heights.

And she wants today's grads to know they have that chance, as well.

Karen Nyberg/Astronaut, UND Alum: β€œThe perfect people, the perfect opportunities. The mechanical engineering program gave me exactly what I needed, the background I needed to become an astronaut.”

This isn't the first time Nyberg has brought her message to UND students. She delivered last year's summer commencement speech while on board the International Space Station.

She says the speech was one of her top priorities while in space.

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Adam Ladwig
Adam Ladwig joined WDAZ as the Devils Lake bureau reporter in January, 2012. Prior to that he reported for KDUH-TV in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Adam has won multiple awards during his time at WDAZ, including an Eric Sevareid award and a Regional Emmy Award as part of team coverage during the search for Anthony Kuznia.  A Colorado native, Adam graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Journalism. He misses the Rocky Mountains, but the kind people of North Dakota more than make up for that. He is thrilled to be in the Lake Region, telling stories that matter. In his spare time, Adam is usually futilely attempting to get in shape, or cheering for his beloved Denver Broncos.
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