Al Roker, America's favorite weatherman, will regale Cameron University's Class of 2009 during the CU Centennial Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 8. The ceremony, which will honor approximately 1,000 graduates, takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Cameron Stadium in Lawton. The public is invited to attend. For detailed information about CU's Centennial Commencement, visit www.cameron.edu/commencement.
"We are delighted that Al Roker will be the featured speaker at the final event of Cameron's year-long Centennial Celebration," says President Cindy Ross. "I have no doubt that Mr. Roker's address will be entertaining and poignant, providing the Class of 2009 with a memorable commencement ceremony."
As weatherman and a host of NBC's "Today," Al Roker greets more than 30 million viewers each week as America prepares for work. His daily encounters with visitors from across America on the sidewalks outside the Today studio are a highlight of the program. A 10-time Emmy Award winner, Roker conducts celebrity interviews, cooking segments, technology updates, and a continuing series called "Today's Dad," featuring parenting tips for fathers.
The fan favorite has also presided over his own talk show on CNBC and hosted MSNBC's information quiz show, "Remember This?" in addition to serving as host of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Rose Bowl Parade, and the Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center, According to the New York Post, Roker "is the best-known and the best-loved weatherman in the world!"
Raised in Queens, NY, Roker earned a B.A. in communications and was later awarded an honorary doctorate from the State University in Oswego. He began his broadcasting career while still in college by landing a job as a weekend weatherman at WTVH-TV in Syracuse, NY, in 1974. After graduation, he moved on to weathercasting jobs in Washington, DC, and Cleveland, OH, before becoming the weekend weathercaster at WNBC in New York in 1983. He is a recipient of the American Meteorological Society's prestigious Seal of Approval and has been a pioneer in the use of computer graphics for weather casting.
A best-selling author, Roker's first book, "Don't Make Me Stop This Car: Adventures in Fatherhood," spent weeks at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. His second book, "Al Roker's Big Bad Book of Barbecue," was a summer blockbuster and another New York Times bestseller. Roker released his third book, "Al Roker's Hassle-Free Holiday Cookbook," in 2003.
In addition to his network duties, Roker has carved out a successful career as an entrepreneur. Al Roker Productions, Inc. is Roker's multimedia company, involved in the development and production of network, cable, home video and public television projects. Two of the most successful projects include the critically acclaimed special on PBS about severe weather, "Savage Skies," and a highly rated travel series called "Going Places."
Other projects include "Roker on the Road" for Food Network and a series of specials, including "Al Roker's World Championship Barbecue," "Al Roker's Midwest Fest," "Al Roker's Dining on the Strip," and "Al Roker's Around the World in New York City."
Roker stays in close touch with his audience through another popular undertaking - his website, http://www.alroker.com - which features thoughts on a variety of subjects, daily cartoons, brain-busting trivia, and more.
April 14, 2009