The Daily Illini

Commencement speaker Mike Hopkins credits UI with success

Colonel Mike Hopkins will speak at the University Commencement May 17 at Memorial Stadium.

May 6, 2014

On Sept. 25, 2013, Colonel Mike Hopkins was strapped in the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft ready for takeoff on his first mission to space.  If this sounds like the beginning to a science fiction novel, that’s because even for Hopkins, preparing to blast through Earth’s atmosphere seemed like a surreal exp...