Robin Roberts, news anchor of ABCNEWS’ Good Morning America,
was this year’s commencement speaker at Plymouth State University’s
undergraduate commencement is Saturday, May 21. The ceremony was held on Currier
Field at the PE Center on the PSU campus.
Roberts anchors the regular hourly newscasts for ABCNEWS’ popular morning
news program from the show’s home base in New York’s Time Square.
Roberts, a contributor to Good Morning America since 1995, was named
news anchor in 2002.
In addition to Good Morning America, Roberts is a regular contributor
to other ABCNEWS programs including World News Tonight and 20/20. She
has covered a number of headline stories including the debate over stem cell
research, Internet adoptions and the Olympics in both Sydney, Australia and
Salt Lake City. She has also interviewed a variety of high-profile people including
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Tiger Woods and Penelope Cruz.
Roberts is also well known for her work on ESPN, which she joined in 1990 and
still contributes to today. She began her broadcasting career in 1983 working
as a sports anchor and reporter for WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Roberts was chosen as this year’s commencement speaker by the Speaker
Selection Committee made up of the senior class president, vice president and
secretary, as well as a member at-large. They researched a number of potential
speakers and reviewed videotapes.
“The Speaker Selection Committee looked for a person with life experiences
that would be meaningful to share,” says Senior Class President Cynthia
Ortiz. “A person that could deliver a positive, inspirational and motivational
message to the graduates and their families.”