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He will deliver the commencement address, his second speech since the presidential election.
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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke last month at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will give only his second speech since the 2012 election later this month at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista.
Romney, a Mormon, will give the commencement address April 27 at the small, 146-year-old, liberal arts college that was taken over by a group of Mormon investors 16 years ago.
The school has no official connection to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but students there live by a student code based on Mormon principles, and nearly all are Mormons.
Romney’s only other address since losing to President Barack Obama in November was given last month at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.
Romney, who is also a former governor of Massachus etts, visited nearby Virginia Military Institute in Lexington during his campaign.
In coming to Buena Vista, he follows the path of his great-uncle Thomas Cottam Romney , who was the first Mormon missionary to visit the small city back in 1896.
According to the great-uncle’s memoir, he was successful in setting up a church, but he and his fellow missionary soon stirred the impatience of the locals, were seized and put on a train out of town. After sneaking back in to perform a baptism, they were discovered and chased for miles by a mob of armed men and dogs.
His great-nephew, however, will be welcomed by a crowd of faculty, staff and students on the campus lawn.
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