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Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. ’82 (D-Pennsylvania) will receive an honorary degree from the College of the Holy Cross and address this year’s graduates during the College’s Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 22 at 10:30 a.m. on the campus.

Elected in 2006, Sen. Casey is the son of the late governor of Pennsylvania Robert Casey ’53, who received his honorary degree from Holy Cross in 1988. After graduating from Holy Cross, Sen. Casey taught fifth grade and coached eighth grade basketball in inner city Philadelphia for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He received his law degree from Catholic University in 1988 and entered the practice of law in Scranton. Before his election to the Senate, he served for eight years as Pennsylvania Auditor General and two years as State Treasurer.

As senator, his priorities include working to foster financial security for American families, protect children and invest in their futures and ensure safety at home and respect abroad. He was a strong advocate for legislation that has expanded the State Children’s Health Insurance program, authored the Prepare All Kids Act to expand access to early childhood education and he also played a key role in passing provisions vital for Pennsylvania agriculture, conservation and nutrition programs.

Casey serves on numerous Senate committees including Foreign Relations; Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; the Special Committee on Aging; and the Joint Economic Committee. Additionally, he serves as the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs.

Casey and his wife, Terese ’82, live in Scranton with their four daughters Elyse, Caroline, Julia and Marena.

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Worcester, Massachusetts


College of the Holy Cross, graduation


Arts and Humanities | Higher Education

2009 Commencement Address:  Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr. '82 (D-Pennsylvania)



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