2015 Commencement speaker: Harry Carson

Fairleigh Dickinson University is proud to announce former New York Giant, Harry Carson, as the speaker for the 72nd Commencement, which will be held at MetLife Stadium on Tuesday, May 19.

During the ceremony, the University will confer honorary degrees on Carson; Claudio Grossman, dean of the American University Washington College of Law; and Angeliki Frangou, BS’86 and chairman and CEO of Navios Maritime Holdings.

A former linebacker for the New York Giants, Carson had a illustrious NFL career that spanned 13 seasons and included a Super Bowl championship in 1987 and nine Pro Bowl appearances. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 as its 231st member.

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While still a player in 1985, Carson and fellow Giant George Martin worked with Kenneth Vehrkens, dean of FDU’s Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies to develop a degree-completion program for his teammates and their families. This program became an academic model throughout the NFL.

Following his retirement from playing football in 1988, he began a second career in sports broadcasting with a spot as co-host on CNN’s “NFL Preview.” He also appeared on WCBS as a sports analyst and was a special correspondent for NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Currently, Carson is the co-host of the Giants’ game day preview show, “Giants 1st and 10.”

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After being diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome in 1990, Carson became an advocate for his pro football brethren on the issue brain injuries. Carson was one of the first professional athletes to draw attention to the association between concussions and neurological abnormalities in those who have played contact sports or served in the military.

Carson received a bachelor’s degree in education from South Carolina State University. He then continued his graduate studies at South Carolina State and Fairleigh Dickinson University.