Romney to speak at Liberty U. commencement

April 19, 2012 at 10:10 PM

LYNCHBURG, Va., April 19 (UPI) -- Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is to deliver the commencement address at Liberty University, the Christian school in Lynchburg, Va., said Thursday.

"This will be a historic event for Liberty University reminiscent of the visits of governor, and then-presidential candidate Ronald Reagan to Liberty's campus in 1980 and of President George H.W. Bush, who spoke at Liberty's 1990 Commencement ceremony," Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. said in a news release Thursday.

The commencement ceremony is set for May 12 at Arthur L. Williams Stadium at the university, founded by the late televangelist Jerry Falwell.

The appearance will be Romney's first at Liberty as the former Massachusetts governor continues to try to reach out to conservatives.

The Wall Street Journal said Liberty calls itself the "world's largest Christian university."

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