President Donald Trump will deliver a commencement address at Virginia’s Liberty University this May. Liberty is a private evangelical Christian university with about 15,000 students.
Some students at the school have been ambivalent about supporting the President. However, Jerry Falwell Jr., the university president, is an ardent Trump supporter and was formerly a member of the Trump’s evangelical advisory committee.
The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) first reported he news that Trump’s address would be hosted by Liberty University. On CBN’s ‘The Brody File’, Trump said that he was looking forward to May event. The president said, “our children truly are the future and I look forward to celebrating the success of this graduating class as well as sharing lessons as they embark on their next chapter” .
President George H.W. Bush was the last chief executive to give a keynote address at Liberty. President Trump will be the first president since Mr Bush in 1990 to deliver the university’s commencement address. Jerry Falwell Jr., referring to the president, said that the graduates will hear from someone who is “champion of the average American citizen”, including many who felt forgotten and neglected by the establishment.”
In a related development and a break from normal tradition, the University of Notre Dame will not invite the sitting president as its commencement speaker. Instead, Vice President Mike Pence, and not President Donald Trump, was invited to be the principal speaker for the May 21 event where Pence also will receive an honorary degree.