Coe alum, Fox Sports anchor Curt Menefee to deliver commencement address

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2010-04-26 12:18:16 - General

Curt Menefee '87

Coe alumnus Curt Menefee, sportscaster and host of Fox NFL Sunday, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree on Sunday, May 9, at 10 a.m. on the Stewart Memorial Library Mall.

Menefee was a sports anchor and reporter at television stations in Des Moines, Madison, Jacksonville and Dallas before moving on to New York City. Through his work there, he established himself as one of the Big Apple's most popular sportscasters. Menefee began his career at FOX Sports in 1997 as a sideline reporter, and later moved to the game booth to call play-by-play for NFL and NFL Europe League coverage on FOX Sports and FSN.

A 1987 Coe graduate, Menefee was involved in numerous activities while a student, including speech team, the Coe College Cosmos student newspaper and student senate, and he served as an assistant coach for women's basketball. Menefee subsequently received several awards for his sports anchoring and reporting, including the Associated Press Award for Best Sports Reporter in New York and four Katie Awards (the Texas equivalent of an Emmy) for Best Sportscast and Best Sports Special.

Baccalaureate will be held on Saturday, May 8, beginning at 3 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The Baccalaureate speaker is Precious Rasheeda Muhammad, an award-winning speaker, author, poetess and publisher. A Harvard-trained researcher, Muhammad is nationally known for her ability to educate, inspire and empower live audiences and readers of diverse racial, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds about the growth and development of Islam in American and the Muslim-American experience.

Muhammed's articles, essays and speeches have appeared in the award-winning book "Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim Their Faith" as well as many other publications. She has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs, including National Public Radio. From audiences at the Smithsonian, the Chicago Historical Society and the Harvard Club of New York to the classrooms of Harvard, Yale and Wellesley, Muhammad has spoken about Islam to a wide range of audiences.

Muhammad will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at commencement.

Degrees to be conferred at commencement
At Coe's commencement, President James Phifer will confer Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees on 270 graduates.

The college will also confer honorary doctorates on Curt Menefee and Precious Rasheeda Muhammad.

Schedule of events

Saturday, May 8
10 a.m. - Academic Honors Convocation in Dows Theatre.
1 p.m. - Nurses' Pinning Ceremony in Cherry Auditorium of Peterson Hall.
1:30 p.m. - Phi Beta Kappa initiates will be honored at an induction ceremony in the Perrine Gallery of Stewart Memorial Library.
3 p.m. - Baccalaureate service in Sinclair Memorial Auditorium.

Sunday, May 9
10 a.m. - Graduates will ring the Victory Bell in front of Eby Fieldhouse and then proceed across campus, escorted by the faculty, for the start of commencement exercises on the Stewart Memorial Library lawn. Graduates will be honored at an outdoor reception following commencement. In case of inclement weather, the commencement ceremony will be held in Eby Fieldhouse.

For more information on graduation weekend events, contact the Coe Office of Marketing and Public Relations at (319) 399-8581 or go to