CEO of Special Olympics International, Shriver, to speak at commencement in May

CHAMPAIGN — Timothy P. Shriver, the chairman and chief executive officer of Special Olympics International, will be the speaker at the University’s 139th Commencement on May 16.

He will speak at the 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies at Assembly Hall.

Shriver serves 3.1 million Special Olympics athletes and their families in 175 countries.

He has worked with world leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Hosni Mubarak and Shimon Peres to help transform the Special Olympics into a movement that focuses on respect, acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities from around the world.

From Daily Illini and Associated Press reports