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Leland D. Melvin SpeakerFormer NFL football player and NASA Astronaut Leland D. Melvin will address Michigan Technological University graduates at Michigan Tech’s Spring Commencement ceremony on May 3, 2014. Melvin earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Richmond. While at Richmond he also excelled on the football field, earning AP All-American honors and finishing his career with records in receptions and receiving yards.

After a stellar senior year at Richmond he was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 11th round of the 1986 NFL Draft. While in the NFL he suffered an unfortunate hamstring injury during his first year and was released from the Lions, but was later picked up by the Cowboys the following season. However, a second hamstring injury during the 1987 season ended his career.

Not one to let adversity get the best of him, Melvin used his degree to land a position at NASA in the Nondestructive Evaluation Sciences Branch in 1989. After advancing through the NASA ranks for the next decade he earned his spot as a NASA astronaut in 1998, and since that time has flown two missions on the Space Shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist. Currently Melvin serves as associate administrator for education at NASA, responsible for development and implementation of the agency’s education programs, strengthening involvement and awareness of the agency’s scientific goals and missions.

Melvin will no doubt offer the graduates at Michigan Tech an inspirational speech that will send them out into the world with confidence to use their degrees to help others and advance their fields as he has. His accomplishments both on the gridiron and in academia are a step above the rest, and are a reflection of his work ethic and character.

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