Temple University’s 2017 Commencement Speaker will be former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil, according to a statement released by Temple University this morning.
The Hall of Fame candidate coach will address students at the 2017 Commencement ceremony May 11th.
He will also receive an honorary degree alongside Estelle Richman, a longtime public service champion and former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, according to the statement.
“We are beyond thrilled to honor Dick and Estelle at our Commencement ceremony,” said Temple President Richard Englert. “Through their many contributions to our society, they have truly embodied leadership, excellence, and service — qualities that Temple holds dear.”
Vermeil spent 15 seasons as an NFL head coach — including seven seasons with the Eagles. He later launched a successful career in the booth as an NFL and College Football Analyst for CBS and ABC.
The former coach has also been active in the community. He has supported many charity events and programs in and out of the area, including partnering with the Chester County Council and Boy Scouts of America, to host a yearly golf tournament named after him.
Vermeil will receive a Doctor of humane letters, while Richman will receive a Doctor of laws.