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Posted at 2:36 PM ET, 01/25/2011

McDonnell to speak at U-Va. graduation

By Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will deliver the commencement address at the University of Virginia on May 22.

U-Va.'s new president, Teresa Sullivan, made the selection from nominations forwarded by students and faculty.

"We are honored and delighted to have Governor McDonnell as our commencement speaker," Sullivan said in a statement. "His participation will add to the significance of the day, and our students and parents will certainly enjoying hearing his remarks."

McDonnell has delivered several graduations as attorney general and governor, but this is his first at the state's flagship university. His two sons, Bobby and Sean, are first-year students in U.Va.'s College of Arts & Sciences.

For more political news from Virginia -- including the latest headlines from the 2011 legislative session -- go to the Virginia Politics blogs.

By Anita Kumar  | January 25, 2011; 2:36 PM ET
Categories:  Education, Virginia  
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how much is mcdonnell charging UVA to speak?

Posted by: MarilynManson | January 25, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I lost that bet.
I was sure it would be Cuccinelli.

Posted by: jeadpt | January 25, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Going into that "liberal" belly of the beast.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 25, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

You think that this address will be the one in which Gov. McJesus declares Virginia's government will become a theocracy?

Posted by: slipuvalad | January 25, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Gee, now I don't feel so bad about my commencement speaker.

Posted by: Itzajob | January 25, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Great choice.

Posted by: franciskiley | January 25, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

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