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Marino to deliver Pitt commencement speech

Twenty-five years after his graduation from Pitt, Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino will be the featured speaker at the school’s commencement April 27 at Petersen Events Center.

Marino, an Oakland native and Central Catholic graduate, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in communication science at Pitt in 1983 and was drafted in the first round by the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. He is a member of both the college and pro football halls of fame.

“Over the course of the years, the University of Pittsburgh has been represented by an amazingly talented, accomplished, and committed group of individuals, on and off the field,” Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg said in a statement.

“Dan Marino, saluted by many as the greatest quarterback in football history, is a champion—both in sport and in life. He also is an extraordinary human being. The people of Pitt—and Pittsburgh—will enthusiastically open their arms to welcome back a genuine hometown hero.”

Marino and his wife, Claire, are two of the nation’s leading advocates and philanthropists for the care of children with autism and special needs through the Dan Marino Foundation, created to meet the need for comprehensive and integrated treatment programs for children with developmental disabilities and chronic medical problems.

One of their six children has autism.

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