Monday, December 7, 2009

NASA flight director, a Saginaw Valley State University alum, to return for commencement speech


The NASA space shuttle Atlantis’ May 2009 mission’s lead flight director will give the commencement address at his alma mater this month.

From Saginaw Valley State University -Tony Ceccacci, a 1979 engineering graduate, will address just over 400 graduates during the university’s commence exercises at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, in O’Neill Arena.

Ceccacci will share his story on not letting doubters stand in the way of succeeding one’s dreams. The Atlantis mission’s aim was to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope, and Ceccacci arranged to have an SVSU pennant fly aboard.

Ceccacci is personally moveing the pennant to the SVSU campus, where it will be displayed.

In all, 472 students are expected to graduates, including 98 with master’s or education specialist degrees and 374 with bachelor’s degreesss.

An Eastpointe native, Tony Ceccacci in 2006 received the SVSU Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the most prestigious honor SVSU bestows upon one of its graduates.


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