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Cowher to speak at N.C. State winter graduation

Posted November 19, 2008

— Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher will deliver the commencement address at North Carolina State University's winter graduation ceremony, officials said Wednesday.

Cowher, an N.C. State alumnus, coached the Steelers for 15 years and led them to a win in Super Bowl XL in February 2006. He retired at the end of the 2006 season and now works as an analyst with CBS Sports for the network’s “The NFL Today” show.

During the graduation ceremony, Chancellor James Oblinger will confer honorary degrees on Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and a leader in the effort to assist minority and low-income students in academic achievement, and Carl E. Wieman, a Nobel Prize-winning professor of physics at the University of British Columbia.

The ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 17 at the RBC Center.


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  • NCSU2004 Nov 20, 2008

    jsb23nc, you're just jealous that you won't be there.

    I know I'm jealous I won't be there!

  • JAFOinWF Nov 19, 2008

    As alumni that heard Mr Rogers speak at his graduation, I think Cowher is a fantastic choice. There is more to life than pointy headed professors conferring honorary degrees on each other. It is good to see NC State alumni returning to NC State as successful in life.

  • The Pride of Africa Nov 19, 2008

    Michael Richards would be a more appropriate speaker for NC State.

  • PaulRevere Nov 19, 2008

    OMG...don't sit on the front row!

  • FloydTurbo Nov 19, 2008

    Good for NCSU. Did Mary Easley's unique skills pull this one off?

    At least Bill has "done something". Most commencement speakers are bags of academic hot air in love with their own voices.

  • RedheadGirl Nov 19, 2008

    I think he's a great choice! A very successful alum who likely has experience in motivational speeches from his coaching days. I skipped my own graduation (Phil Donahue was the speaker), but would have gotten there for Bill!

  • tarheelalum Nov 19, 2008

    I like the pick. Would have much rather had Cower than the president of Teach for America, who spoke at my commencement.

  • heatherbl Nov 19, 2008

    Years ago, Mr. Rogers was the speaker and students threw fits because they thought it was "insulting" to have the man who talks to children speak at their graduation. Fast forward to graduation day, Carter Finley was packed and the audience all sang "Won't You Be My Neighbor" together. It proved to be one of the most inspiring graduation speeches I have ever heard.

    Not all great speakers have to be scholars. I think Cowher is a fine choice.

  • TStills Nov 19, 2008

    jsb23nc - Give me a break. Cowher was a great football coach, a Super Bowl winning coach, and an outstanding leader. Who would you suggest as a speaker?

  • iron fist Nov 19, 2008

    Next coach of the wolfpack?