Commencement Speaker

Lesley VisserWe are honored to announce that Lesley Visser, a pioneering broadcast sports journalist and media personality, will deliver the 2017 Lasell College Commencement address.

Ms. Visser's distinguished résumé reads as a roster of career "firsts." She is the first woman the Boston Globe hired as a sports reporter, the first woman to cover the National Football league (NFL) on a regular basis for any media outlet, the first female NFL color analyst, the first woman to cover the World Series for the network broadcast, the first woman to be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the first woman sportscaster to carry the Olympic Torch. Along with her current reporter duties on CBS's The NFL Today, Ms. Visser also contributes to We Need To Talk, the first all-women's network sports talk show, and CBS's coverage of the NFL Playoffs, the Super Bowl and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship and Final Four games. Among the numerous honors Ms. Visser has received are the Compass Award for "changing the paradigm of her business" and recognition by the Museum of Television and Radio for "a career that has broken many barriers and defined previously unimagined roles for women in professional sports and sports broadcasting." A Quincy, MA native, Ms. Visser holds a BA degree in English from Boston College and an Honorary Doctorate in Journalism from her alma mater.  She resides in Bal Harbour, Florida, with her husband, Robert Kanuth, a former Harvard University basketball captain.  Ms. Visser will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the 163rd Lasell College Commencement ceremony, set for 11:00am on Sunday, May 14, 2017 on Taylor Field.