Astronaut Delivers Wayne State Commencement Address

May 7, 2012

Astronaut Jerry Linenger delivers the keynote address this evening at Wayne State University’s graduation ceremony. Linenger is an alumnus of Wayne State’s medical school and a winner of the Distinguished Service Medal – the highest honor given by NASA. Linenger says he hopes his experiences in space inspire students. “One of the mottos of Wayne State is to aim higher. And I think my occupation – you know I went beyond the sky, if you will, into space – and commencement is a launch time.” He adds that emphasizing advanced degrees in math and science is crucial to America’s ability to compete globaly. The commencement takes place at Ford Field.