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Commencement Speakers

December 17, 2022

9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


Alton (Jay) Harris joined ESPN in 2003 as a SportsCenter anchor. In 2006, he was named anchor of the 6 p.m. eastern edition of SportsCenter, ESPN's flagship sports news and information program. Today, he is most often seen as anchor of the Saturday and Sunday morning editions of the program and anchors the Monday edition of SportsCenter at noon during the NFL season. His duties also have included hosting Outside the Lines, NFL Live, Baseball Tonight, Friday Night Fights and First Take. In 2014, Harris joined the ESPN team for its coverage of the NBA Finals, complementing his work as a SportsCenter anchor. Prior to joining ESPN, he worked at broadcast outlets in Pittsburgh and Norfolk.

Among his charitable endeavors, he works to support fellow Monarch Nancy Lieberman and her charity. Last summer, Nancy Lieberman Charities named a "Dream Court" in his honor at the Boys and Girls Club in Newport News.

Among his honors, Harris was part of SportsCenter's Sports Emmy-winning efforts in 2004 and 2005. He is the recipient of the Silver World Medal from the New York Festival Awards, the Robert L. Vann Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, and an EXCEL Award from the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals.

A native of Norfolk, Harris received his bachelor's degree in speech communication from Old Dominion University in 1987.

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