Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell will give the address for Virginia Tech’s 2010 University Commencement.
The McDonnell speech is a continuation of a recent tradition of inviting new governors to speak at graduation.
“Since 1990, all new Virginia governors in their first year in office have graciously accepted our invitation to speak to Virginia Tech’s graduating seniors,” said President Charles Steger, in a statement. “Gov. McDonnell has often expressed his strong support for higher education, and with his long and distinguished record of achievements in both the public and private sectors, I am very confident that his commencement address will provide great insight and inspiration to our graduating students.”
A retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army, McDonnell served as a prosecutor with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Serving as attorney general under Gov. Tim Kaine from 2006-09, McDonnell defeated Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds in November to take the governor’s mansion.
McDonnell completed his undergraduate education at University of Notre Dame, before completing master’s work at Boston University. McDonnell received his law degree from Regent University.
The commencement ceremony will take place Friday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Lane Stadium.