Wednesday, April 28, 2010

NASA Astronaut To Address TTU Graduates

More than 1,100 Tennessee Tech University graduates along with their families and friends will celebrate spring commencement with a speaker who is well versed in his “reach for the stars” address. NASA astronaut and TTU alumnus Barry Wilmore will provide the featured address at the ceremony that begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, in the Hooper Eblen Center. Wilmore has logged 259 hours in space and was pilot on the 31st space shuttle flight to the International Space Station in November 2009. Wilmore is a graduate of TTU, and so his wife, father, and brother. His niece and nephew currently attend TTU. Wilmore was inducted into the TTU Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 for football and recently was honored as a 2010 Engineer of Distinction by TTU’s College of Engineering. Following spring commencement, TTU will have granted more than 67,000 degrees. Students graduating from TTU this spring hail from 23 states including Tennessee, 77 Tennessee counties and eight foreign countries. They represent 41 undergraduate fields of study and 16 graduate fields.