Griffin studied music education at Mundelein College, where she received a Bachelors of Music Education degree in 1939.
In 1944 Griffin became an instructor of music and English at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa and, while on summer vacations, worked towards a Bachelor’s degree in English from Mundelein College which she obtained in 1947.
In 1949, Griffin commenced graduate studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where she earned a Masters Degree in English in 1951.
In 1957, Griffin continued her graduate education at Fordham University in New York City, achieving a Doctorate of Philosophy in English.
Pictured left to right: Sister Mary DeCock, BVM, Daniel Vaillancourt, William Hill, Alderman David Orr, and Mary Griffin.
Sister Mary Griffin and students attending the Selma Freedom March.
Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, United States
American Association of University Women, United States
American Council on Education, United States
Bachelor in Music Educated, Mundelein College, Chicago, 1939. AB, Mundelein College, Chicago, 1947. AM, Catholic University America, 1950.
Doctor of Philosophy (scholarship 1958-1959, fellowship 1961), Fordham University, 1961.
Member, Congregation of Sisters of Charity, 1939-1975;
instructor piano and English, Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa., 1944-1953;
assistant Professor of English, Mundelein College, 1953-1960;
academic dean, Mundelein College, 1960-1967;
research fellow English, Yale, 1968-1969;
Professor of English, Alcorn A. and M. College, Lorman, Mississippi, 1969-1973;
Professor of English, Mundelein College, Chicago, 1970-1989;
professor emeritus, Mundelein College, Chicago, since 1989;
director Graduate Program in Liberal Studies, Mundelein College, Chicago, 1983-1989;
senior Professor of English, Loyola University, Chicago, since 1991. Member upperclass awards committee Illinois Scholarship Commission, 1963-1965. Member Deans' Workshop, Harvard, 1964.
Member planning committee Johnston College, U. Redlands (California), 1968-1969.
Board of directors Chicago Literacy Council, since 1984. Member American Association of University Women, Modern Language Association, American Conference Academy Deans (Executive Committee 1964-1968), Association Higher Education (Executive Committee 1966-1968), American Council on Education (commission on academic affairs 1965-1968), Kappa Gamma Pi.
Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary , United States
1939 - 1973
Chicago Literacy Council , United States
American Association of University Women , United States
Modern Language Association , United States
American Conference of Academic Deans Executive Committee , United States
1964 - 1968
American Council on Education , United States
1965 - 1968
American Association for Higher Education , United States
1965 - 1967