Chestnut Hill College Celebrates 85th Commencement

Broadcast Pioneer Dave Roberts to Deliver Commencement Address

Release Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Broadcast Pioneer Dave Roberts will deliver the 85th commencement address at Chestnut Hill College on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. at an outdoor ceremony on the College's campus. 


The College will award 351 bachelor degrees, 219 graduate degrees as well as 30 doctoral degrees in clinical psychology during the ceremony. An honorary Doctor of Laws degree will be awarded to Dave Roberts for his outstanding community service work supporting local charities that include the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Lupus Foundation, and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Barbara D’Iorio Martino ’60, chair of the board of directors will receive the Chestnut Hill Medal.


David Thomas Boreanaz, also known on television as Dave Roberts, is a man of many talents and was a familiar and beloved presence on Philadelphia’s “Action News” for a number of decades. Dave attended Syracuse University as a speech and dramatic arts student, graduating with a dual major in English and communications. He began his career as a radio broadcaster in Syracuse and Buffalo, and then in late 1950s served as the U.S. Army’s news director for the Caribbean Forces Radio-TV network in the Panama Canal Zone. He then returned to Buffalo, where he continued in TV, hosting a children’s program, the quiz show “Dialing for Dollars,” and also began his work as the WKBW-TV weatherman. Dave moved to Philadelphia in 1978 and worked as the co-host for the morning television show “AM Philadelphia” with Lisa Thomas-Laury. Following the tragic and untimely death of Jim O’Brien on September 25, 1983, Dave began reporting the weather for WPVI’s “Action News.”


In 1993, the National Weather Association awarded him the “Weathercaster Seal of Approval.” In 2000, he was inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneer’s Hall of Fame and selected as the “Person of the Year” by the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Association. He was also inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame.


Over the years, Dave Roberts developed many interests and activities outside of his work at WPVI. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, he appeared in Brian DePalma’s “Blow Out” with John Travolta. He also made guest appearances on ABC’s soap opera “All My Children,” Dick Clark’s “Inside America,” ABC’s “Thirtysomething,” and “Bones” in which his son stars.


Off-screen, his charity work is notable. He is active in many organizations, such as the Variety Club and the Knights of Columbus, where he is a Fourth Degree Knight. He has shared his talent and time with many charities, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Lupus Foundation and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For many years, he was the familiar face on Channel 6 as the host of the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. The Muscular Dystrophy Association honored him for 35 years of service, and the Central Delco Lodge #2438, Order of Sons of Italy in America, awarded Dave with its "Man of the Year Achievement Award" for his outstanding service to the community. In 2004, he was awarded the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award from the Boy Scouts for "unselfish service to the youth of America." Dave has been married to his wife Patti for more than 50 years, and they have three grown children and four grandchildren.


Alumna Barbara D’Iorio Martino, Class of 1960, is an example of a graduate who truly has "learned how to live.” Her life exemplifies the virtues highlighted in the College motto: Faith, Charity, and Knowledge.


Barbara’s gratitude for a Chestnut Hill College education has prompted her to generously give back since her graduation more than 41 years ago. Barbara has held many positions in the College’s Alumni Association, including president from 1982 to 1984. She initiated several alumni chapters beyond Philadelphia and was elected a charter member of the Fontbonne Society in 1984. In 2001 she was awarded the Chestnut Hill College Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement Award, and in 2004 the Eleanore Dolan Egan ’28 Award for Outstanding Service to Chestnut Hill College.


Since 1988, Barbara has served a total of 22 years on the College’s board of directors. In 2008, she was elected chair of the board of directors, the first person in the history of the College to hold this position who is not a Sister of Saint Joseph. As chair of the board, she has worked energetically to further the mission of the College, demonstrating for others an active and enthusiastic leadership.


Barbara served as chair of the College’s first capital campaign for the renovation of science laboratories and student life areas. As the new century began, the College actively sought donations for a Capital Gifts Initiative to construct a new building with technologically smart classrooms, video production facilities and a multi-purpose arena. Barbara solicited new friends as well as alums and worked tirelessly with others toward the formidable goal of $11 million. In thanksgiving for the magnanimous financial contribution of Rocco and Barbara Martino, Barbara D’Iorio Martino Hall, the first new building on the College’s campus in 40 years and the first to be named after an alumna, was dedicated in 2000.


She has received many honors over the years including the Pro Ecclesia and Pontifice Award, bestowed by Pope John Paul II, and an honorary degree from Neumann College for her support of Catholic education. Through their family foundation, the Martino’s also sponsor scholarships to various Catholic elementary and secondary schools as well as institutions of higher education.


Barbara has been recognized for her dedicated commitment to Chestnut Hill through several awards for distinguished service and philanthropy, including an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1995 from her alma mater.


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