Mary Carillo, a former professional tennis player and current sports analyst for NBC, CBS and Tennis Channel, will deliver the Commencement address at Elon University on May 24, 2013. The ceremony will take place at 9:15 a.m. "Under the Oaks" in front of West Dormitory.
Carillo played on the professional tennis circuit from 1977-1980, and won a mixed double's title in 1977 at the French Open with John McEnroe.
By the time Carillo gives her Commencement address, she will have covered 12 Olympic Games, including the most recent Winter Games in Sochi this February. Her commenting has even earned her the distinction of being named her "the best game analyst of the 2000s" by Sports Illustrated in 2010.
During her time as a broadcaster, Carillo has received two George Foster Peabody Awards. One for the HBO documentary "Billie Jean King, Portrait of a Pioneer," and the other for co-writing with Frank DeFord, “Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports." Additionally, Carillo has co-authored two books with tennis legend Martina Navratilova and tennis coach Rick Elstein.
Carillo is a native of Queens, N.Y. and lives in Naples, Fla. Her daughter, Rachel, will be graduating from Elon this spring.