March 30, 2022 –Gov. Glenn Youngkin will address Virginia Tech’s Class of 2022 during University Commencement exercises on Friday, May 13, continuing the tradition of inviting new Virginia governors to deliver the commencement address.
The University Commencement ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. on May 13 in Lane Stadium. A complete schedule of commencement ceremonies and additional commencement information can be found on the commencement website.
“We’re pleased Gov. Youngkin graciously accepted our invitation to speak to our graduating students,” said Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. “His experiences in leadership and business give him a valuable perspective to share with Hokies who are preparing to begin an important new chapter in their lives.”
Since 1990, first-year Virginia governors L. Douglas Wilder, George F. Allen, James S. Gilmore III, Mark R. Warner, Timothy M. Kaine, Robert F. McDonnell, Terence “Terry” McAuliffe, and Ralph Northam have delivered the commencement address at Virginia Tech.
Youngkin is a native of Virginia and has an engineering degree from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Before his inauguration as the 74th governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in January, Youngkin worked at The Carlyle Group, where he spent 25 years. Youngkin and his wife, Suzanne, have four children.
The University Commencement ceremony will also include remarks from several of the Class of 2022 class officers. Female Member-at-Large Catharine Kelley will offer opening remarks. Danielle Panico, president of the class, will speak. Cadet Member-at-Large Austin Askew will provide closing remarks.