At Averett University's Commencement on Dec. 11 Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson addressed the more than 340 graduates present from a graduating class of more than 480. Robinson, who is a nationally-recognized expert on the modern charter school movement, was named secretary of education in January by Gov. Bob McDonnell.
"Graduates, the fact that you have persevered to this day shows the value you place on education. Families, the sacrifices you have made illustrate how much you value education," said Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks in her introduction of Robinson. "I am truly honored today to introduce you to someone who has dedicated his professional life to education and education for all."
"This is the first opportunity I've had to speak at a Winter Commencement," said Secretary Robinson. "I can think of no better place I'd rather be for that occasion than here at Averett University."
Secretary Robinson noted how important each area of study represented by the graduates would be to the future of the region, the Commonwealth and the nation. He also emphasized the importance of a liberal arts education, for the graduates and in his personal experience.