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Celebrated Boston Globe sports columnist and nationally renowned author Dan Shaughnessy will give the commencement address at Nichols College on Saturday, May 5th. Shaughnessy, who also serves as an associate sports editor for the Globe, will speak to the 430 Nichols students scheduled to graduate. He also will receive an honorary degree from the college.
“Given that Sport Management is our largest major and that Dan Shaughnessy is so well respected in the field of sports, we’re fortunate to have him speak to our community,” commented Nichols President Susan West Engelkemeyer, who will be leading her first commencement exercises at the school.
In his 23 years as a Globe columnist, Shaughnessy has covered events and issues in sports from around the world, and he has been voted one of America's top ten sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors nine times. He has been named Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year ten times.
Shaughnessy has written eleven books, including The Curse of the Bambino and Senior Year. He is currently working on a book with former Boston Red Sox manager, Terry Francona.
Shaughnessy has personal ties to Nichols through his brother, William J. Shaughnessy, who graduated from the college in 1969 and played varsity baseball and basketball.
Shaughnessy also makes regular radio and television appearances on The SportsHub, 98.5 FM; WHDH SportsXtra; Comcast and NESN. He is a columnist for Sports Illustrated.com.
Dan Shaughnessy was born in Groton, Massachusetts, graduated from Holy Cross, and worked at the Baltimore Evening Sun and the Washington Star from 1977-81. He joined the Boston Globe in 1981 and has been a sports columnist since 1989. He is on the New England regional board of UNICEF. He is married to Dr. Marilou Shaughnessy and lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
Nichols commencement speakers in recent years have included United States Senator Scott Brown in 2010 and Keith Anderson ’81, chairman and chief investment officer at Anderson Global Macro, in 2011. This year’s ceremonies will begin at 10:30 am.