Undergraduate Ceremony

Commencement Speaker

  • Mark K. Shriver

    Mark K. Shriver is president of Save the Children Action Network, where he leads an effort to mobilize Americans around two goals: ending preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths globally and ensuring that every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early childhood education.

    Shriver joined Save the Children in 2003, serving as Vice President for U.S. Programs until 2013. In that capacity, he created and oversaw the agency’s early childhood education, literacy, health, and emergency preparedness and response programs in the United States. He also led a national coalition that convinced Congress to create the National Commission on Children and Disasters.

    Previously he started the innovative Choice Program for at-risk Maryland youth and served in the Maryland House of Delegates. Jesuit-educated, Shriver attended high school at Georgetown Preparatory School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Holy Cross. He received a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard.

    Shriver has earned a number of awards for his commitment to the rights and well-being of children, including honorary doctorates from Wheelock College, his alma mater Holy Cross and Loyola College in Maryland.

    Shriver’s late mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Special Olympics and his late father R. Sargent Shriver created the Peace Corps and led President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Mark Shriver’s book, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in 2013. He is currently writing a book on Pope Francis.