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If she tells grads to reach for the stars, she may mean it literally

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Published May 9, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

Speakers travel from far and wide to deliver commencement addresses to college graduates, but the University of Massachusetts Amherst speaker just can’t make the trip.

Catherine “Cady” Coleman taped a speech instead, which will be played to the 4,300 graduates Friday, because Coleman will be floating in orbit around the earth, aboard the International Space Station.

Coleman completed her undergraduate career at MIT, and earned her doctorate in polymer science and engineering from UMass Amherst in 1991.

She became an astronaut in 1992, and has been on two previous NASA shuttle missions.

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Written by jdunccc

May 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

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