Senator Mark Warner to serve as Radford University Spring 2016 Commencement speaker

Senator Mark Warner

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner will serve as the keynote speaker at Radford University's 2016 Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 7th, at 10 a.m. on the university's Moffett Lawn.

"We are especially honored to welcome Sen. Warner, one of Virginia's most dedicated public servants, as our Spring 2016 Commencement speaker," said President Penelope W. Kyle, J.D. "As Virginia's current senior senator, and during his tenure as governor, he has exemplified bipartisan leadership and embraced innovation in the Commonwealth, especially in his support of higher education and entrepreneurship," added Kyle, Radford University's first female and sixth president.

Sen. Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a second term in November 2014. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget and Intelligence committees.

From 2002 to 2006, Warner served as the 69th governor of The Commonwealth of Virginia.

Sen. Warner earned a B.A. from The George Washington University and is the first in his family to graduate from college. He then earned a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

Sen. Warner spent 20 years as a successful technology and business leader in Virginia before entering public office. An early investor in the cellular telephone business, he co-founded the company that became Nextel and invested in hundreds of start-up technology companies that created tens of thousands of jobs. 

Sen. Warner, his wife Lisa Collis and their three daughters live in Alexandria. 

Originally founded in 1910, Radford University today is a comprehensive public university of more than 9,700 students that has received national recognition for many of its undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as its sustainability initiatives. Radford University serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service, and research programs, and is well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful 204-acre American classical campus. The university offers 67 degree programs in 38 disciplines and two certificates at the undergraduate level; 22 master's programs in 17 disciplines and three doctoral programs at the graduate level; 11 post-baccalaureate certificates and one post-master's certificate. A Division I member of the NCAA and Big South Athletic Conference, Radford University competes in 16 men's and women's varsity athletics. With over 250 clubs and organizations, Radford University offers many opportunities for student engagement, leadership development and community service. Learn more at

Mar 18, 2016