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Posted at 2:26 PM ET, 01/25/2011

U-Va. taps McDonnell as commencement speaker

By Anita Kumar
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 graduation addresses 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.

"The governor was honored to receive the invitation to deliver the commencement address at Mr. Jefferson's University,'' McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said. "He has always enjoyed visiting the grounds, something he does much more often now that his twin boys are first-years at the school. He looks forward to the opportunity to speak to the graduates of U-Va. this May."

By Anita Kumar  | January 25, 2011; 2:26 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Robert F. McDonnell  
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