May 17, 2014

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Mary Anne Marsh ’79 addressing the crowd after receiving her honorary degree.

The late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy once said, “We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make.”

From behind the scenes and in front of the camera, you help shape that future, Mary Anne Marsh. A 20-year veteran of the political arena, you have worked on scores of campaigns, including those of Senator Kennedy and former Senator John Kerry. As a Democratic political analyst, you provide expert media commentary that reaches millions of people.

At Wheaton, you studied government under Professors Jay Goodman and Darlene Boroviak, and served as  president of the student body. Later, you earned a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government. Starting as a field organizer, you worked on countless political campaigns before becoming a principal at Boston’s Dewey Square Group. That company, a major player in political and public affairs consulting, serves clients ranging from national grassroots organizations to Fortune 500 companies.

On WBZ radio, WCVB-TV and FOX News, you provide regular commentary and analysis, fearlessly voicing your opinions. And journalists in all media seek your expert views on local and national politics. Indeed, your influence prompted Boston Magazine to name you one of “the 50 most powerful women in Boston.”

For using your voice to promote positive change and empowering others to do likewise, we salute you, Mary Anne, and proudly present you with this honorary Doctor of Laws.

Read Mary Anne Marsh’s remarks.

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