OSWEGO — Louis A. Borrelli Jr., media pioneer and founder of the Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit, will receive an honorary doctoral degree from SUNY and will speak Dec. 12, at the college’s winter commencement ceremonies.
Some 500 candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees are eligible to convene for the 10 a.m. graduation ceremony in Marano Campus Center arena and convocation hall.
The SUNY Board of Trustees earlier this year approved Borrelli’s honorary doctor of humane letters degree.
The commencement speaker has worked in, led and founded many media enterprises in the past 38 years, as well as significantly advanced the college and its School of Communication, Media and the Arts.
Formerly a senior vice president for America Online, Borrelli most recently was chief marketing officer of NimbleTV, a service designed to allow subscribers to access television programs from any device, and chief executive officer of NEP Broadcasting LLC, the leading international provider of outsourced teleproduction for major live sports and entertainment events around the world.
Borrelli is well-known as the founder of SUNY Oswego’s media summit, which began in 2005.
In 2007, he joined with celebrated Oswego alumnus Al Roker to name the summit in honor of O’Donnell, their faculty mentor at Oswego.
The event has brought to Oswego such media luminaries as Ben Bradlee, legendary editor of the Washington Post during Watergate, and world-renowned broadcast interviewer Charlie Rose.
In addition to his extensive involvement in the summit, Borrelli has maintained strong ties to SUNY Oswego as a mentor and coach for students and alumni in the communication industry, master of ceremonies at the traditional Torchlight Ceremony, and member of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts advisory board and Oswego College Foundation board of directors.
He received the SUNY Oswego Presidential Medal in 2014.
Graduates, family members or guests who anticipate needing special assistance to attend commencement should contact the college’s Disability Services Office at (315) 312-3358 prior to Dec. 11.
Commencement will stream live, available from a link on the college homepage, oswego.edu
Customers with regular digital boxes can tune to Channel 96, while those without set-top boxes can view them on Channel 97.3.
A list of times the graduation will re-air locally will appear on http://www.oswego.edu/academics/commencement.html.