ESPN's Rece Davis to deliver commencement address
ANGOLA, Ind. – An ESPN sports commentator who launched his career as an unpaid intern will give the commencement address during Trine University's 128th graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 4.
Rece Davis, who joined ESPN in 1995, will be the speaker during Trine's ceremony in Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium.
Davis serves as primary studio host for ESPN's coverage of college football and as the play-by-play announcer on ESPN's "Thursday Primetime" series. During basketball season, he hosts ESPN's "College GameDay" and is the play-by-play voice on a weekly game during conference season.
Davis, a native of Muscle Shoals, Ala., graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama in 1988 with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in broadcast news and public affairs. Davis was named the University of Alabama School of Communication Broadcast Department's outstanding alumnus for 2001.
He began his career as an unpaid intern at WCFT-TV, Channel 33, which was then a CBS affiliate in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
"Davis's personal experience of using hard work and knowledge to climb the career ladder is sure to resonate with our graduates," said Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. "We are pleased to have a person of his caliber be a part of our commencement exercises."
As part of his duties, Davis is the host of "College Football Final" with analysts Lou Holtz and Mark May. Holtz delivered the commencement address at Trine in 2011 and joined its board of trustees the same year.
He is a regular contributor to "SportsCenter" and ESPN Radio, and served as the host on the NBA draft on ESPN in 2012. He has also worked on ESPN and ABC's Triple Crown horse racing and NFL draft coverage.
In 2008, Davis won the Best Sports Host award given by Cable Fax.
Before joining ESPN, Davis worked as a reporter, sports anchor and sports director at WJRT-TV in Flint, Mich., and WRBL-TV in Columbus, Ga. As a student, he was a general assignment reporter for SCFT-TV in Tuscaloosa, and he worked as freelance television play-by-play announcer, studio host and radio announcer in select media outlets in Alabama.
"I'm excited to speak at Trine, a university known for its exceptional graduates with the skills and determination to succeed," Davis said. "As a guy whose career revolves around sports, I also look forward to being at a university with a tradition of student-athletes who show prowess in their sport and in the classroom."