Alumnus, Professional Football Player Tiki Barber To Speak At Valediction
January 26, 2004 --
Kiambu (Tiki) Barber, a professional football player and a 1997
of the University of Virginia’s McIntire
School of Commerce, will address the Class of 2004 at Valediction
Exercises May 15 on the Lawn at U.Va.
by the class to be its Valediction speaker, Barber is a star
running back for
the National Football League’s
New York Giants, who played in Super Bowl XXXV in January 2001.
graduated from U.Va.’s McIntire School, where he
concentrated in management information systems and earned
ACC Honor Roll recognition.
A class trustee, Barber was perhaps most widely recognized
as a record-breaking member of the U.Va. football team.
1996, he was voted the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the
Year and a first-team academic All-American after
all-time career rushing record (since broken by Thomas
Jones). He was twice selected to both the All-ACC and
a native of Roanoke, garnered many athletic and academic honors
in college and in high school. In
was the three-time Roanoke Times and World News All-District
pick, two-time All-Region and Male Athlete of the Year,
two-time Roanoke Valley Offensive Player of the Year
and winner of
state titles in the triple jump and long jump. The talented
also received the Top 10 Percent Award, given for academic
and the Knight Award, given for athletic, academic and
graduating from U.Va. Barber was drafted in the second round
by the New York Giants
Football team. When
Barber has acted in the off-Broadway play, “Seeing
in the off season works as the morning sports anchor
for WCBS-TV in New York. During the football season,
he has co-hosted a Monday
evening show on WFAN radio.
affable Barber lives on the upper east side of Manhattan, where
he is active
in many charitable activities.
the local D.A.R.E. program, the Starlight Children's
Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the United
Hospital Fund. He also serves on the New
board of the
Boy Scouts of
Exercises are a part of graduation weekend activities at the
University. Finals Exercises will
be held on Sunday,
and the commencement speaker will be announced
at a later date.
For more information, call Cerissa Cafasso, graduation committee
chairperson, at (434) 825-8801, Justin Ferira, class president, at
Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629