Bradley University alumnus Charley Steiner, the play-by-play announcer of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will give the keynote address for Bradley's mid-year commencement on Saturday in the new on-campus arena.


Bradley University alumnus Charley Steiner, the play-by-play announcer of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will give the keynote address for Bradley's mid-year commencement on Saturday in the new on-campus arena.
 
Steiner will be recognized with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the commencement ceremony. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
 
Saturday’s ceremony will be the first time the University’s new $50 million arena is used for a mid-year commencement. The arena, home to Bradley’s Athletic Department and the women’s basketball and volleyball teams, was completed in August.

Charley Steiner, one of the most popular and recognizable sports announcers in the United States, has been the play-by-play radio announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers for six years. In his first year with the Dodgers, USA Today ranked the Dodgers broadcast team of Steiner, Hall of Famer Vin Scully and Rick Monday as the best in major league baseball. He has called games in six countries, including the first major league game in China and Puerto Rico

The 1971 Bradley graduate was one of the early faces of ESPN.
Steiner was inducted into the Bradley University Sports Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the Centurion Society in 2003. He was recognized with the Lydia Moss Bradley Award in 1991. He established the Charles H. Steiner Endowed Scholarship at his alma mater in 2000.

Last December, Steiner returned to Bradley for the mid-year commencement ceremony when long-time friend Larry King gave the keynote address.

Steiner continues a Bradley tradition of bringing nationally distinctive speakers to commencement to inspire graduates and their families. Those speakers have included former Ambassador Nancy Goodman Brinker, talk show host Larry King, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, political columnist David Broder and U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.