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September 22, 2018
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Homer Hickam to speak at MU graduation
(WOUB) - Homer Hickam, the author of the best selling book "Rocket Boys: A Memoir," has been tabbed deliver the commencement address at Marshall University's 170th

The story about Hickam's life growing up in the McDowell County mining community of Coalwood was adapted into a screenplay for the movie "October Sky" in 1999.

The graduation ceremony is set for Saturday, May Fifth, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington.

Hickam will receive an honorary Doctor of Literature degree.

Also being honored is Ken Hechler, a former Congressman and West Virginia Secretary of State. He's to receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the ceremony.

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