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Astronaut, alumnus named Commencement speaker

NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, Expedition 37/38 flight engineer, awaits the start of a spacewalk training session in the waters of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near NASA's Johnson Space Center. Hopkins is wearing a training version of his Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuit.

By Daily Illini Staff Report

April 1, 2014

Astronaut and alumnus Michael Hopkins will be the speaker at this year’s Commencement, the University announced Tuesday.  Hopkins graduated from the University in 1991 with a degree in aerospace engineering. While at the University, Hopkins played football, serving as a defensive back and team ca...