Senator Tim Kaine to be Radford University 2018 Spring Commencement Speaker

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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) Radford University announced Friday that Virginia Senator Tim Kaine will be their Commencement Speaker for the 2018 Spring Commencement.

The Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 5, at 11:00 a.m. on the university’s Moffett Lawn.

More than 1,700 students are expected to graduate.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of Radford University’s commencement,” said Senator Kaine. “For over a century, Radford has been an exceptional Virginia institution that has done tremendous work to educate students for success. It’s an honor to join the graduating class as we celebrate their accomplishments and send them off to the next chapter of opportunities.”

“Radford University is honored to celebrate the academic achievement and success of the Class of 2018 with Senator Tim Kaine,” said President Brian O. Hemphill. “Senator Kaine’s reflections on leadership at the highest levels and service to the Commonwealth of Virginia and its citizens reflect Radford’s focus on teaching, research and service.”

Radford is not the only university in Southwest Virginia that will have a well-known political figure as their keynote speaker. On Thursday, Liberty University announced that President Jimmy Carter is slated to speak at their commencement. And keeping with tradition, Governor Ralph Northam will be Virginia Tech’s 2018 spring commencement speaker as well.