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VMI announces Governor Bob McDonnell will give 2013 commencement speech

The speech is May 16 in Cameron Hall

WDBJ7 Web Staff

11:58 AM PST, February 12, 2013

LEXINGTON, Va.

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Virginia Military Institute announced Tuesday that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will give the graduation address this spring.

The commencement ceremony is May 16 in Cameron Hall.

“I feel confident Governor McDonnell will leave us with words worth remembering,” graduating class president Cadet John Dommert wrote in a news release. “We are honored to have our Governor visit the Institute and take part in sending the Class of 2013 into the world.”

McDonnell attended the University of Notre Dame on an Army ROTC scholarship and served 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 became a prosecutor in the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Governor McDonnell served as delegate for the Virginia Beach Community from 1991 through 2005, when he was sworn in as the Attorney General of Virginia. He was elected the 71st Governor of Virginia in 2009.

McDonnell’s term as governor expires at the end of 2013.