Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and Republican Party nominee for President, addressed graduates, faculty, staff, students and friends of Southern Virginia University Saturday at the 2013 commencement exercises in Buena Vista.
"We are delighted to have Mitt Romney as our commencement speaker and the recipient of an honorary doctorate," said Paul K. Sybrowsky, the university's president. "Mitt exemplifies what we hope all of our students will become — leader-servants. He was the student speaker at his own college graduation exercises some 42 years ago."
You can watch the speech here.
Southern Virginia University is the only private liberal arts college that serves Latter-day Saints and those with similar values. Founded in 1867 as a school for women, Southern Virginia was renewed in 1996 as a four-year, coeducational institution with a code of honor based on the teachings and tenets of the Church.