Dan Marino will deliver the University of Pittsburgh's commencement speech April 27 in the Petersen Events Center.
The former Miami Dolphins quarterback grew up in South Oakland and graduated from Pitt in 1983, racking up a number of collegiate and professional football records and honors. He is a member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame.
Mr. Marino also is nationally recognized as an advocate for research and care for children with autism and other special needs. Mr. Marino and his wife, Claire, live in Weston, Fla., and have six children, one of whom is autistic.
"Dan Marino, saluted by many as the greatest quarterback in football history, is a champion -- both in sport and in life," said Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. "The people of Pitt -- and Pittsburgh -- will enthusiastically open their arms to welcome back a genuine hometown hero."