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Governor to Give VMI Commencement Address

FullTextImage/img/@altGovernor Bob McDonnell

LEXINGTON, Va., Feb. 12, 2013 – Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will offer the graduation address at the Virginia Military Institute’s commencement ceremony May 16 in Cameron Hall.

“I feel confident Governor McDonnell will leave us with words worth remembering,” said Cadet John Dommert of Chester, Va., graduating Class President. “We are honored to have our Governor visit the Institute and take part in sending the Class of 2013 into the world.”

McDonnell, who attended the University of Notre Dame on an Army ROTC scholarship, served a total of 21 years in the U.S. Army on active duty and in Reserves. After leaving active duty and earning a law degree from Regent University, he continued his career in public service as a prosecutor in the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Governor McDonnell began his political career in 1991, having been elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He served the Virginia Beach community in this capacity until 2005, when he was sworn in as the Attorney General of Virginia. He was elected the 71st Governor of Virginia in 2009.