Now, 8 days before the graduation ceremony, earth-bound school officials are starting to get a little bit nervous. Engineering school Dean Kazem Kazerounian told the Associated Press that "we have never tried anything like this before, and I know that the world will be watching us. So, while I'm excited, I still have to have my fingers crossed." Mastracchio, currently on his fourth space mission, recorded the address over the weekend and has sent it to NASA, which converted and sent the file to UConn this week. Barring any glitches, the talk will be broadcast to 5,000 people next Saturday.
Mastracchio seems like an excellent choice for the job. He has participated in live chats from space and uses regularly uses Twitter to report back on space things to people on this planet:
The other two astronauts who gave graduation speeches both spoke in the University of North Dakota -- astronaut Karen Nyberg delivered an address in August, and astronaut Mike Fincke made a broadcast cameo appearance during a 2004 speech by a former Nasa chief.
We have a feeling Mastracchio's talk will be pretty inspirational.