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Education, children advocates to speak at Wheelock commencement

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  April 2, 2013 11:30 AM

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Wheelock College will honor three children and family advocates with honorary degrees during its commencement ceremony this year.

Advocates Mark Shriver, Hubert Jones, and Thekla Shackelford will each receive honorary degrees from Wheelock, the college announced Tuesday.

The honorary degrees will be awarded on Friday, May 17 during Wheelock’s commencement, which will focus on the theme of “125 Years of Commitment to Children and Families.”

“We are thrilled to be honoring three advocates who share an unwavering commitment to our mission of improving the lives of children and families,” Wheelock President Jackie Jenkins-Scott, said in a statement. “Our special 125th Commencement theme truly reflects the life work of our three honorees.”

Mark K. Shriver, a children’s advocate who currently leads Save the Children’s US Programs, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Friday morning.

Shriver has recruited internationally recognized artists Jennifer Garner, Randy Jackson and Julianne Moore to serve as ambassadors for Save the Children.

He was also a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994-2002, where he served as the first Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families.

Hubert “Hubie” E. Jones, an advocate for the rights of children since 1957, will deliver the Graduate Commencement address on Friday afternoon.

As a community leader and advocate, Jones founded, helped establish or led over thirty community-based organizations in the greater Boston area that have had an impact legislation, public policy, human service delivery, and educational opportunities.

Jones also founded the Boston Children’s Chorus in 2002 with the goal of teaching self-esteem to children through music and the arts, and bringing children together from different neighborhoods and diverse ethnic groups.

From 1977 to 1993, Jones served as a professor and Dean of the Boston University School of Social Work.

Thekla R. Shackelford is the founder and chairwoman of the “I Know I Can” board of directors and an educational consultant.

IKIC, a college access program in Columbus, Ohio, awards over $1 million annually for qualified graduates of Columbus City Schools to attend a college or university of their choosing.

Shackelford, an educational consultant and leader since 1978, is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her commitment to educational access, including the 1990 Point of Light Award from President George H.W. Bush.

She currently serves on the Development and ad hoc Innovation Committees of the Wheelock College Board of Trustees.

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