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Commencement Message From Above

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This was an extra special Summer Graduation at UND Friday. First off, more than 500 students earned diplomas. Secondly, some heard a speech that was 'out of this world'. The school brought back an alumna - sort of - to give her inspirational message about setting high goals and achieving them.

"I think I'm going to remember this for a long time." laughs Scott Greer who graduated with his NBA Friday.

A voice from far, far away congratulated the grads at UND. From 230 miles above in the International Space Station is 1994 UND graduate, and now U.S. Astronaut Karen Nye, who said a special hello from above.

"She's been so good to us to come back and talk about her experiences," Peter Johnson with UND says, "when she's on the International Space Station when their schedules are so tight, it's so difficult for them to do anything other than the things they've been assigned to do by NASA. We're just tickled pink she was able to talk with us."

Karen is UND's first graduate to go up in space, and she is the 50th woman to go to space. Friday she give a message to the 2013 class.

"Be proud of yourselves and your school. Keep dreaming and keep reaching for your stars. You've already proven you can do it. With continued hard work, lifelong learning and dedication, the future, world and beyond are yours." Karen Nye said at the end of her speech.

Graduation is already a memorable day, but the speech Karen gave will make it an unforgettable day for many.

"I feel like I'm floating in the stars right now I'm so happy to have my NBA. And it was a really neat experience, I'm sure I will remember it, my kids were watching via web cam." Scott smiles.

"The fact that they put that together, and were able to deliver it today was very unique. Something I'll always remember." Heather Hintz another who walked today says.

A memorable day, speech and moment for all.

U.S. Astronaut Karen Nye is on a six month mission. This is her second trip to the International Space Station.

UND also had back in 2004 NASA's Sean O'Keefe who brought a web feed from the International Space Station. That was the first message from space to a graduating class.

If you'd like to watch the full commencement speech then click here.

It will also be re-aired on Grand Forks Cable Channel 3. That will be on next Tuesday through Friday at noon and 8:00pm.

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