ESPN reporter Maria Taylor is one of the most widely respected journalists that the Worldwide Leader in Sports has on staff. The former volleyball star has spent the past decade honing her craft to become one of the best in the business. Now she’s set to tell her story in front of thousands of upcoming college graduates.
On Thursday, the University of Georgia announced that Taylor, a Georgia alumna, will deliver the annual commencement address. Per the announcement, the speech will take place at Sanford Stadium on May 8 at 7 p.m. EST.
Taylor confirmed the announcement in a video posted from the ESPN set. She expressed her excitement at being able to speak to the Class of 2020.
“I am so happy to announce that I will be the UGA commencement speaker this year,” Taylor said. “So I will see you May 8th, between the hedges, and we’re gonna celebrate all of the graduates.”
— UGA (@universityofga) February 27, 2020
As a member of the Bulldogs, Maria Taylor was a star for the volleyball team, earning All-SEC honors three times.
Taylor graduated in 2009 with a degree in broadcast news. She later returned to Georgia to complete her Master’s in Business Administration, which she completed in 2013.
Taylor began her broadcast career covering Georgia athletics and the SEC at large, and worked her way into various roles at ESPN.
Among her current roles at ESPN are analyst work for College GameDay, and sideline reporting for football broadcasts.