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Last modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Enberg to deliver IUB commencement address

Dick Enberg, an Indiana University alumnus who has become one of the nation's premier sports broadcasters, will serve as commencement speaker for the 2002 graduating class at IU's Assembly Hall on May 4.

Enberg is a 12-time Emmy Award winner and has been named Sportscaster of the Year nine times. During his career, he has covered nearly every major sporting event including the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Rose Bowl, Wimbledon and the NCAA Basketball Tournament. In one of his most recent assignments, he served as the play-by-play announcer for CBS-TV's broadcasts of the NCAA South Regional, covering the Hoosiers' march to the Final Four.

Since 1985, Enberg also has served as spokesperson for the GTE Academic All-America program.

"We are pleased that such a distinguished alumnus will be able to return to Bloomington and address our graduates. Dick Enberg provides an outstanding example of how a well-rounded education can provide a foundation for whatever you might want to do in life," said IU President Myles Brand. "IU is very proud of his accomplishments, and he has, over the years, been a great friend and supporter of his alma mater."

Enberg received master's and doctoral degrees in health sciences from IU. He has been honored as a Willard W. Patty Distinguished Alumnus of the university based on his professional accomplishments and ongoing support of IU programs in health, physical education and recreation.

In 1999, he returned to Bloomington for the dedication of the Dick Enberg Distance Learning Studio at the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. The studio combines the architecture of a traditional lecture hall with the capabilities of a television production studio, and it can be used to produce live one-way and two-way distance learning education programs.

This year's spring commencement is moving inside to Assembly Hall to avoid the weather-related problems of recent years. That will necessitate a change from one to two ceremonies, because Assembly Hall is not large enough to accommodate all graduates and their families at one sitting. About 34,000 people usually attend the May ceremony.

The morning session will begin at 10 a.m. and will include graduates from the Kelley School of Business; the School of Education; the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; the School of Law; the School of Music; and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Also participating in the morning session will be Ph.D. degree candidates in these fields who are receiving degrees from the University Graduate School.

The afternoon session will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will include graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Continuing Studies, the School of Informatics, the School of Journalism, the Division of Labor Studies, the School of Library and Information Science, and the School of Optometry. Ph.D. degree candidates in these fields who are receiving degrees from the University Graduate School, as well as all master's degree candidates receiving degrees through the University Graduate School, also will participate in this session.