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Published August 02, 2013, 05:40 PM

Karen Nyberg gives an out of this world graduation speech

UND summer grads are getting an out of this world speech Friday, literally. Astronaut and UND alum Karen Nyberg delivered Friday's graduation speech from outer space.

UND summer grads are getting an out of this world speech Friday, literally. Astronaut and UND alum Karen Nyberg delivered Friday's graduation speech from outer space. Nyberg is currently orbiting Earth in the International Space Station. Hundreds of graduates and their families just watched her recorded message which was delivered by NASA. She drops down from inside a space shuttle to speak candidly about her experience at UND and its presence in more than 70 countries and the galaxy. Nyberg says she's proud of her UND background and its continued growth in the engineering fields. The 50th woman in space graduated from UND in 1994.

"Being an astronaut is a childhood dream come true for me, one that I nurtured at the University of North Dakota." Said Nyberg. It has been exciting to watch a new discipline, petroleum engineering, burst from the ground like a North Dakota oil well. The program has seen amazing exponential growth from just four students in 2010 to some 140 students today."

As the freshest UND grads head off to new adventures, Nyberg heads back to earth later this year.

Karen Nyberg Commencement Address





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