*Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) announced that iconic television personality Pam Oliver will address graduates at the University’s 2015 summer commencement ceremony.
Oliver is a renowned sports broadcaster with more than 30 years of experience. She received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from FAMU in 1984. Currently, she is entering her 21st season as a sideline reporter for FOX Sports’ award-winning presentation of National Football League games.
She was originally a reporter with ESPN during the early 1990s before joining FOX Sports in 1995. In recent years, she also has done courtside reporting on TNT during the first two rounds of the NBA Playoffs.
Oliver, who started in agricultural journalism and later migrated to space and science reporting, credits FAMU with giving her the support needed to go outside her comfort zone and discard fears of moving to unfamiliar places. She says, “FAMU was almost my agent in the beginning when they said, ‘There is an opening here, and we think you should go for it.’”
Oliver, who grew up in Niceville, Fla. was a college All-American in both the 400-meter and the mile relay while attending FAMU. She was inducted into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
“I am grateful that Pam Oliver has agreed to share her experience and vision with our graduates,” said FAMU President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. “Her story is so inspirational and uplifting. She is a living testament to the value of courage, hard work, perseverance, and dedication. These are values that we strive to instill in our students every day at FAMU.”
Summer commencement will be held at 4 p.m. on August 7 at the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium that is located at 1800 Wahnish Way, Tallahassee, FL 32307.
For more information about FAMU, visit: www.famu.edu.