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Villanova Basketball alumn George Raveling to deliver commencement speech

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Villanova University has announced that former VU Hoopster, George Raveling, will deliver the Class of 2016 Commencement speech.

The Class of 1960 alumn was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a "contributor" in 2015. Raveling was the first African-American coach in the ACC and PAC-8 (now the PAC-12) and is known for making history by breaking down racial barriers as a coach.

Rav, 78, recorded 28 rebounds in a 1959 game against Wagner. He is 12th on Villanova's All-Time Rebounding list.

After graduation, Rav was an assistant at 'Nova and Maryland before landing Head Coaching positions at Washington St. (1972-83), Iowa (1983-86), and Southern Cal (1986-94). He currently has the role of "Director for International Basketball" at Nike.

The University’s 173rd commencement is slated for Friday, May 13th.