West Coast University will posthumously recognize an alumnus who was aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on the 25th anniversary of its disaster.
The late astronaut Greg Jarvis will receive the university's first Distinguished Alumnus Award at the private college's commencement Sunday at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center.
"Greg represented so many things that West Coast is all about," President Barry Ryan said. "Greg represented a very high level of professional achievement."
Jarvis was one of seven astronauts who died shortly after the Challenger lifted off Jan. 28, 1986, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
His widow, Marcia Jarvis-Tinsley, who is now remarried, has flown in from Colorado to accept the award in front of an estimated 3,000 attendees at commencement.