Advisory: OSU holding media availability with NASA astronaut Don Pettit prior to commencement

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Media will have an opportunity to meet with Oregon State University graduate and NASA astronaut Don Pettit at a 9 a.m. media availability tomorrow (Saturday, June 12), immediately prior to the OSU commencement ceremony at 10:30.

Pettit, who will deliver the commencement address, will be available from 9 - 9:30 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, across the street from Reser Stadium. Media are encouraged to arrive early, as Pettit must leave by 9:30 to join the commencement processional.

Pettit, 55, is a veteran of multiple space missions, one including a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station. The 1978 chemical engineering graduate of OSU has served as an astronaut for the past 14 years and is recognized not only for his longevity and success in the space program, but his innovation in space, which has included such in-space inventions as the "zero-g" coffee cup. Pettit will also be awarded an honorary doctorate degree.

Media planning to attend the availability are encouraged to notify OSU News & Communication Services at 541-737-4611 or Todd Simmons directly at 541-737-0790, 541-230-4013 (mobile) or

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