Sen. Norment ’68 to be VMI’s Graduation Speaker
State Sen. Thomas K. Norment - VMI Photo by Kevin Remington.
LEXINGTON, Va., March 30, 2012 – State Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. ’68, the Majority Leader in the Senate of Virginia, will deliver the graduation address to Virginia Military Institute’s Class of 2012 during the Institute’s commencement exercise on May 16.
About 260 cadets are set to graduate, with about 110 receiving commissions in the four services of the U.S. Armed Forces.
“Senator Norment has certainly lived the citizen-soldier ethic he learned here at VMI,” said the Institute’s Superintendent, Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III ’62. “I’m sure our graduates will find his example of professional accomplishment and public service to be inspirational.”
Norment earned a bachelor’s degree in history from VMI before attending the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. He served as a member of the James City County Board of Supervisors from 1987 until his election to the Senate of Virginia in 1991. He has served as Senator from the 3rd District for more than 20 years.
Norment maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors; he is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank; and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. He is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.
Professionally, Norment is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary. He and his wife, Mary Humelsine Norment, reside in James City County. They have two grown daughters and one grandson.
Norment has remained active as an alumnus of VMI. He has served as a trustee of the VMI Foundation. In 2007, he was presented with the Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award.
Cadet Joseph Munno of Glen Allen, Va., President of the Class of 2012, said the graduates are looking forward to hearing Norment.
“His service to our Commonwealth and service to this Institute are unmatched,” Munno said. “He is a humble and honorable individual who embodies the idea of a true citizen-soldier. May 16th is going to be a fantastic day that we are all looking forward to, and we should be proud to share it with this wonderful alumnus.”