Gilmore to speak at Spring Commencement
By Larry Hincker
Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 24 - March 19, 1998
President Paul Torgersen announced that Virginia Governor James Gilmore will be the 1998 Spring Commencement speaker. Gilmore continues a tradition dating back to 1967 where the sitting Virginia governor addresses Virginia Tech's graduating class.
"We are delighted that Governor Gilmore will speak to the class of 1998. In his inauguration speech, the governor promised exciting plans to bolster the commonwealth's growing technology industries. As the state's acknowledged information-technology university, Virginia Tech is especially pleased to have the governor address our grads," Torgersen said.
Gilmore was elected the 68th governor of Virginia in November 1997. He served two terms as commonwealth's attorney for Henrico County before his election as Virginia attorney general in 1993. A Virginia native, Gilmore received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.
Virginia Tech's Spring Commencement is 9 a.m., May 9, in Lane Stadium. The event regularly draws approximately 4,500 graduates and 20,000-25,000 family members.