Ferrum News

U.S. Senator Jim Webb to Speak at Ferrum College Commencement


For immediate release:
April 16, 2010
Contact: John Carlin, (540) 365-4300



U.S. Senator Jim Webb will present the keynote address during the Ferrum College commencement ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m. on the campus of Ferrum College.

“I am pleased to be able to speak to these outstanding young people who represent our future,” said Webb. “Ferrum College’s growth has been remarkable over the past few years, and I am proud of all the school has accomplished.”

Webb will be addressing the largest class of graduates ever at Ferrum as approximately 210 students are expected to receive degrees. That compares to 147graduates in 2009. “It is truly an honor to have Senator Webb agree to speak to our students and the greater Ferrum College community,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Braaten, Ferrum College President. “Having a person of his distinction will make commencement even more meaningful for our graduates and their families.”

Webb was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, his first run for elective office. Prior to becoming Senator, Webb served as a decorated combat Marine in Vietnam, an attorney, and Assistant Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy. He is an Emmy award-winning journalist, a film-maker and the author of nine books. Webb is credited with guiding a comprehensive 21st Century GI Bill through congress -- having introduced the measure on his first day in office.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place on the lawn in front of John Wesley Hall with Adams Lake as a back drop. In the event of rain, the proceedings will take place in Swartz Gymnasium.