2019 commencement speakers announced
5/3/2019, 6 a.m.
It’s graduation season for Virginia’s colleges and universities. This is a time for inspiring commencement speeches, proud parents and cheering graduates.
Politicians, celebrities and outstanding students are scheduled as speakers to motivate the Class of 2019.
Following is a partial list of upcoming commencements in the Commonwealth.
Saturday, May 4
Norfolk State University, 9 a.m., William “Dick” Price Stadium, 700 Park Ave., Norfolk. Speaker: Yamiche Alcindor, PBS NewsHour White House correspondent and political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC.
Friday, May 10
John Tyler Community College, 4 p.m., Virginia State University Multi-Purpose Center, 20809 2nd Ave., Petersburg. Student speakers: Aaron Autler of Richmond, Tisa Clancy of Chesterfield, Sabrina Fuller of Chesterfield and Cassandra Morris of Chesterfield.
Saturday, May 11
Virginia Union University, 10 a.m., Hovey Field on VUU campus, 1500 N. Lombardy St. (In case of inclement weather, Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center, 3001 Arthur Ashe Blvd.) Speaker: Danny Glover, award-winning actor, producer and humanitarian.
Virginia Commonwealth University, 10 a.m., Greater Richmond Convention Center in Downtown. Speaker: Andy Florance, founder and chief executive officer of CoStar Group.
College of William & Mary, 8:30 a.m., Zable Stadium on the Williamsburg campus, (In case of inclement weather, Kaplan Arena). Speaker: Award-winning actress Glenn Close, a 1974 William & Mary alumna.
Richard Bland Community College, 4 p.m., VSU Multi-Purpose Center, 20809 2nd Ave., Petersburg. Speaker: Justin G. Reid, a cultural preservationist, civil rights public historian and former associate director of the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Farmville.
Sunday, May 12
Hampton University, 8:30 a.m., Armstrong Stadium on campus, Hampton. Speaker: U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, a 1983 alumnus.
University of Richmond, 2 p.m., Robins Center on campus. Speaker: Nancy J. Kramer, chief evangelist of IBM iX.
Friday, May 17
Virginia Tech, 8:30 a.m., Lane Stadium/Worsham Field, Blacksburg. Speaker: Retired Hokies football Coach Frank Beamer.
University of Virginia, 3 p.m., The Lawn on campus, Charlottesville. Speaker: Singer-songwriter and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams, a Virginia Beach native.
Sunday, May 19
Virginia State University, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., VSU Multi-Purpose Center, 20809 2nd Ave., Petersburg. Speaker to be announced.
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, 12:30 p.m., Stuart C. Siegel Center at VCU, 1200 W. Broad St. Speaker to be announced.
Saturday, June 1
Randolph-Macon College, 10 a.m., Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza on campus, Ashland (Rain Location: Crenshaw Gymnasium) Speaker: Attorney Alan B. Rashkind, an R-MC alumnus and retired chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees.