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Gov. Robert McDonnell to Speak at December Commencement Ceremony

December 9, 2013

Averett University is pleased to announce that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will speak to more than 340 graduates and their families during the University's Commencement exercises at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14 at its E. Stuart James Grant Convocation and Athletic Center.

"Averett University is honored to have Governor Robert McDonnell speak to our December graduates," said Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks. "During his tenure, he has been a wonderful friend to Southside Virginia. The legislation Governor McDonnell has passed has not only made college more affordable for our students and their families, it has also made it more accessible to them."

Governor McDonnell was sworn in as the 71st governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia on January 16, 2010. In his campaign for the office he received nearly 59 percent of the vote, and the most votes of any candidate for governor in Virginia history.

As governor, he has accomplished many of his campaign goals. He closed two budget shortfalls of $1.8 billion and $4.2 billion without raising taxes and he has reduced the level of state spending. In 2011, 92 percent of McDonnell's legislative proposals passed, including one of the largest investments in transportation in a generation. In 2012, significant investments were made in K-12 education and higher education as well as a reform package that put the most state funding in history into the pension system. In addition, he has finished all three fiscal years in office with budget surpluses totaling $1.4 billion.

Along with his duties as governor, he has served as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, chairman of the Southern Growth Policies Board, chairman of the Southern States Energy Board and chairman of the Southern Regional Education Board.

Governor McDonnell served for 21 years in the U.S. Army, both on active duty and reserves. He retired as a Lt. Colonel.