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Renowned Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to be Commencement Speaker at UMass Amherst on May 8

Neil deGrasse Tyson. Photo credit: Chris Cassidy,

AMHERST, Mass. – Neil deGrasse Tyson, internationally renowned astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, will be the featured speaker at the Undergraduate Commencement of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday, May 8. He will address about 5,500 students receiving bachelor’s degrees, as well as family and friends, at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.