Tim Russert is speaker for May 5 graduation

Tim Russert, host of NBC's "Meet the Press," will be the guest speaker for Old Dominion's spring commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Foreman Field.

More than 2,400 students are eligible to receive degrees.

Russert, who also will receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters, is NBC's political analyst, host of "The Tim Russert Show" on CNBC and a contributing anchor for MSNBC. He is also senior vice president and Washington bureau chief for NBC News.

He was nominated for the cable industry's ACE award in 1994 and for a news and documentary Emmy award in 1998.

Russert first appeared on air for NBC in 1990 and took over "Meet the Press" in December 1991. Since then, it has become the most-watched Sunday morning interview program in America and the most-quoted news program in the world.

Now in its 52nd year, "Meet the Press" is the longest-running program in the history of television.

Russert joined NBC News in 1984. In April 1985, he supervised the live broadcast of NBC's "Today" show from Rome, negotiating and arranging an appearance by Pope John Paul II, a first for American television.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Russert is a graduate of John Carroll University and an honors graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Russert is the latest in a series of nationally known speakers who have given commencement speeches at the university. Since May 1998, comedian Bill Cosby, ABC newsman Sam Donaldson and PBS's Mister Rogers have addressed Old Dominion graduates.

The rain site for spring commencement is Norfolk Scope. University officials will determine the location, based on weather reports, by noon Friday, May 4. Details will be broadcast locally and posted at web.odu.edu/news.