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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: STEM

Today is College Signing Day and we’re working with the White House to celebrate all graduating seniors and inspire more young people to Reach Higher and enroll in higher education.

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Additionally, choosing a degree within a STEM (Science, Math, Engineering and Technology) field enables the United States to remain the global economic and technological leader. We feel that it’s our duty to help inspire the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and astronauts.

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It’s important that each and every student feels empowered and equipped with the knowledge to solve tough problems, evaluate evidence and analyze information. These are all skills students can learn through studying a subjects in STEM.

College is one of the stepping stones to many careers, including becoming an astronaut! Here are a few of our astronauts on their college graduation day, along with their astronaut portrait. 

Astronaut Victor Glover

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Undergraduate: California Polytechnic State University
Graduate: Air University and Naval Postgraduate School
Astronaut Class: 2013

Astronaut Reid Wiseman

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Undergraduate: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Graduate: Johns hopkins University
Astronaut Class: 2009

Astronaut Thomas Marshburn

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Undergraduate: Davidson College
Graduate: University of Virginia, Wake Forest University and University of Texas medical Branch
Astronaut Class: 2004

Astronaut Karen Nyberg

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Undergraduate: University of North Dakota
Graduate: University of Texas at Austin
Astronaut Class: 2000

Astronaut Bob Behnken

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Undergraduate: Washington University
Graduate: California Institute of Technology
Astronaut Class: 2000

Astronaut Peggy Whitson

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Undergraduate: Iowa Wesleyan College
Graduate: Rice University
Astronaut Class: 1996

Astronaut Joseph Acaba

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Undergraduate: University of California
Graduate: University of Arizona
Astronaut Class: 2004

Astronaut Rex Walheim

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Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Graduate: University of Houston
Astronaut Class: 1996


Whether you want to be an astronaut, an engineer or the administrator of NASA, a college education opens a universe of possibilities:

Administrator Charles Bolden

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Here, Administrator Bolden wears the jersey of Keenan Reynolds, a scholar athlete who graduates from the Naval Academy this year. His jersey is on its way to the college football hall of fame. Bolden holds a drawing of himself as a midshipman in the Navy. 

Deputy Administrator Dava Newman

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Deputy Administrator Dava Newman sports her college shirt, along with Lisa Guerra, Technical Assistant to the Associate Administrator. Both women studied aerospace engineering at Notre Dame. 

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