CBS Sports Announcer & TLU Alumnus Verne Lundquist to Speak at May Commencement

May 06, 2014

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Graduation ceremony set for Saturday, May 10, on the Chapel Lawn

Texas Lutheran University (TLU) alumnus Verne Lundquist will deliver the university’s spring commencement address on Saturday, May 10, at 7 p.m. on the Chapel Lawn. Baccalaureate services will also be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Jackson Auditorium. Both events are open to graduates, family and guests and the commencement ceremony will be available to view live at www.tlu.edu/graduation.

“We are honored to have Verne Lundquist deliver our spring commencement address,” said TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey. “His career achievements and recognitions have brought great credit to his alma mater, and I am certain that his story will be inspirational for our Class of 2014. We think he is a great model for our new graduates in how he has supported TLU over the years, including hosting the hugely successful Front Row program the past 11 years.” In recognition of his storied career in broadcasting service to his alma mater, the university will bestow the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, on Lundquist. 

Also at this year’s commencement, TLU will honor two distinguished TLU alumni: COO and General Manager of San Antonio-based Labatt Food Service Al Silva ’78, and Eloy Martinez ’02, staff director for the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee in Washington D.C. and a native of San Antonio.

Lundquist got his start in radio at KWED in Seguin while a student at TLU. He began his professional career in sports broadcasting at KTBC in Austin, and then moved to Dallas where he was sports director at WFAA for 16 years. During his time in Dallas, Lundquist was the voice of the Dallas Cowboys and won seven consecutive Texas Sportscaster of the Year awards. On the national stage, Lundquist has lent his voice to ABC, TNT and CBS covering virtually all sports. He won critical acclaim as lead announcer for CBS's coverage of figure skating during the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games, paired with Scott Hamilton. Verne has called some of the most memorable moments in sports while calling SEC football, the NCAA basketball championships and golf at The Masters. 

In 2005, Lundquist was elected to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame’s inaugural class of sportscasters. In 2007, he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame. On May 8 in New York City, Lundquist will receive the prestigious Vin Scully Award for lifetime achievement in sports broadcasting.

Lundquist earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from TLU in 1962 and is a recipient of TLU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He lives in Steamboat Springs, Colo., with his wife, Nancy, and serves on the TLU Board of Regents.


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