Sunday, August 09, 2015

Oliver tells Rattler graduates that “FAMU is here for you”

Pam Oliver, sideline reporter for FOX NFL Sport and 60 Minutes Sports contributor, delivered the 2015 Summer Commencement address yesterday to a near capacity crowd at the Alfred Lawson Teaching Gymnasium and Multipurpose Center.

“Today is not the end of your relationship with FAMU, but just the beginning. FAMU is here for you. When you are at your height or when you face difficulties, know that you have a Rattler nation that will always support you,” Oliver told the graduates.

On Friday, the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication treated Oliver to a surprise by announcing that it had named a production hall in in her honor. The suite of studios on the first floor of the SJGC is connected by the hall and touches all aspects of broadcast journalism. Dean Ann Kimbrough unveiled the new name of the hall that morning to the total surprise of Oliver, an alumna of the journalism program.

Oliver was also an All-American middle distance runner for the Rattlers in the early 1980s under legendary track Coach Bobby Lang. She was stellar as an individual runner in the 400m run, holding FAMU’s record for several years after she left school.

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