United States Senator Mark Warner will be the keynote speaker at the 46th Commencement Ceremony of Rappahannock Community College. Senator Warner will join RCC President Dr. Elizabeth H. Crowther on stage as they celebrate the achievements of the graduates of the Class of 2018.
The commencement ceremony will take place on May 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the RCC Warsaw Campus.
“I am thrilled to have Senator Warner speak to the Class of 2018,” says Crowther. “Through his years of public service, he has shown consistent support for education. We very much appreciate that he is a special friend to RCC.”
“He is also a gifted speaker, and I know the graduates will be honored to meet him on stage,” says Crowther.
Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a second term in November 2014. He currently serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Vice Chairman.
During his time in the Senate, Warner has established himself as a bipartisan leader who works with Republicans and Democrats alike to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability, and promote private sector innovation and job creation.
From 2002 to 2006, Warner served as Governor of Virginia. When he left office in 2006, Virginia ranked as the best state for business, the best-managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education.
The first in his family to graduate from college, 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.
Warner, his wife Lisa Collis, and their three daughters live in Alexandria, Virginia. They also have a home in Dogue, Virginia, in King George County.