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Astronaut Karen Nyberg guest speaker at alma mater

Astronaut and University of North Dakota (UND) alumna Karen Nyberg, who is currently orbiting Earth in the International Space Station, will be the speaker at UND's summer commencement August 2.

Her message has already been recorded and delivered by NASA to UND.

Nyberg, who graduated summa cum laude from UND in 1994, first went into space in 2008 on the space shuttle Discovery, which was adding a new component to the space station. Her second trip began May 28, and she's expected to stay at the space station until November.

NASA's Johnson Space Center is where Nyberg got her start, working as a student while earning her master's degree at the University of Texas at Austin.

Nyberg, who hails from Vining, is the first UND alumna to launch into space.