Dick Enberg to give 2009 Commencement address at Marquette University

Award-winning sports journalist Dick Enberg will be the speaker for Marquette University’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17. The ceremony will take place at the Bradley Center, 1001 N. 4th St., at 9:30 a.m.

Enberg began his broadcast career while a student at Indiana University, doing the play-by-play for IU football and basketball games while earning his master’s and doctorate degrees in health sciences. After serving as an assistant professor and baseball coach at California State University Northridge, he came on the national scene in the late 1960s, serving as the play-by-play announcer for the California Angels, the Los Angeles Rams and the UCLA Bruins.

Known for his versatility, Enberg has covered nearly every major sporting event since his debut on NBC in 1975. He has been the voice of Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, U.S. Open Golf Championship, college football and basketball, the Wimbledon and French Open Tennis Tournaments, and the Olympic Games. In January 2000 he joined CBS Sports, working on the NFL on CBS, college basketball and the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, as well as contributing to other sports broadcasts.

Following the retirement of legendary coach Al McGuire after Marquette’s win of the 1977 NCAA men’s basketball team championship, Enberg and McGuire were paired in the broadcast booth. Enberg later wrote a one-man play, McGuire, about his late colleague and good friend. The play, which debuted at Marquette’s Helfaer Theatre in 2005, will be performed on campus again this spring. Enberg will be at the performances on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 414-288-7504.

Enberg is the only person to win an Emmy as a sportscaster, writer and producer, having received 14 Emmys, including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. He also won nine Sportscaster of the Year Awards. He was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1995, and in 1998 he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

At the commencement ceremony, Enberg will receive an honorary degree from Marquette, along with three others:

Frank Busalacchi, Wisconsin Secretary of Transportation, oversaw the largest construction project in state history, reconstruction of the Marquette Interchange.

Dr. Clifford Christians, professor of communication at the University of Illinois, specializes in the philosophy of technology, communication theory and media ethics.

Maria Rosa Leggol, S.S.S.F., is the founder of Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. More than 40,000 orphaned, neglected and abused children have received shelter and support from the nun known as the “Mother Teresa of Central America.”