Former NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Defense Player, L.C. Greenwood, as Keynote Speaker

PITTSBURGH, September 14, 2009


On Saturday, Oct. 3, University of Phoenix, the leader in giving working students the opportunity to earn college degrees without putting their lives on hold, will graduate more than 130 students from the Pittsburgh campus.


The most popular degree program among these graduates is the Bachelor of Science in Business Management. The specific degrees that will be awarded include:

  • 31 Number of associate's degrees
  • 61 Number of bachelor's degrees
  • 36 Number of master's degrees
  • 2 Number of doctoral degrees
  • 500 Number of friends and family members anticipated to attend

Keynote speaker and former NFL Pittsburgh Steeler player, L.C. Greenwood, will share his inspirational journey about his success as a professional athlete. A three-year defensive line star and 1968 Ebony All-America at Arkansas AM&N, joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as a 10th-round draft choice and the 238th player selected in the 1969 NFL draft.

The 6'-6", 245-pound Greenwood served as a fifth defensive lineman his first two seasons before becoming firmly entrenched as the Steelers' regular defensive left end in 1971.The same year he led the team in sacks (8.5) and shared the NFL lead in fumble recoveries (5). For the next 11 seasons, Greenwood teamed with Joe Greene at left tackle to provide the Steelers' famed "Steel Curtain" defensive unit with awesome strength on the left side of the front line. The "SteelCurtain" formed the heart of a legendary defense that led Pittsburgh to four Super Bowl victories and seven division titles.

The student commencement speaker is Akeeka S. Davis of Glenside, Pennsylvania. Her husband and two children have supported her through the years. Davis has served in the United States Navy for the past 16 years. On Oct. 3 Davis will be awarded a Masters in Business Administration, to accompany her Bachelor of Science in Health Care Services, which was also received from University of Phoenix. Davis hopes to retire from the Navy but continue to work in government focusing on healthcare reform and to become an advocate for disabled and retired veterans.

Edward Robinson will be honored as the recipient of the Faculty of the Year award. Robinson resides in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, and is a human resource consultant with Robinson and Associates. Robinson has been a facilitator for University of Phoenix for the past nine years. He currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Science in Industrial Relations from Saint Francis University. In addition, Robinson has completed his Doctorate in Management.


  • Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11:00 a.m.

  • Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, 4141 Fifth Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15213



University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. During the quarter ending May 31, 2009, 420,700 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.


Angela Rocha