Mark Shriver



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Mark Shriver ’86, vice president and managing director of Save the Children, 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 28 at 10:30 a.m. on the campus.

Shriver manages U.S. programs for the international organization Save the Children. In the U.S., Save the Children works in rural communities in Appalachia, the Southeast, the Mississippi River Delta, the Gulf Coast, the Southwest and California’s Central Valley, providing early childhood development, literacy, physical activity, and nutrition programming as well as emergency relief.

A history major at Holy Cross, Shriver has devoted his career to social and public service. Soon after graduation, he became a member of the Maryland Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, and also served on the Board of Directors of the Public Justice Center, the Maryland Governor’s Task Force on Alternative Sanctions to Incarceration, and the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Service. In 1994, he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, the lower house of the Maryland state legislature, representing Montgomery County, Maryland, District 15, and was reelected in 1998. In addition to serving as a delegate, he worked on the Task Force on the Maryland Prepaid-Tuition Savings Program in 1996, and on the Task Force to Study the Governance, Coordination, and Funding of the University System of Maryland. He was a founder and executive Director of The Choice Program, an at-risk youth intervention project of the Shriver Center at University of Maryland. He then served on the Advisory Board on After-School Opportunity Programs from 1999 to 2003.

Shriver is married to Jeanne Ripp Shriver ’87. He is the son of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, former Holy Cross trustee and honorary degree recipient in 1979 and of R. Sargent Shriver, who received an honorary degree in 1986. His sister Maria Shriver received an honorary degree in 1998.

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Worcester, Massachusetts


College of the Holy Cross, graduation


Arts and Humanities | Higher Education

2010 Commencement Address:  Mark Shriver '86



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