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Mitt Romney To Speak At Jacksonville University Graduation

Mark Taylor

Jacksonville University has a high-profile speaker slated to speak at this spring’s commencement. Republican 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney will give the address.

Former Massachusetts governor and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will not only speak but he’ll also receive an honorary degree from Jacksonville University at the April ceremony, according to a JU news release.

Romney has a broad business background, including founding investment company Bain Capital in 1984. As Massachusetts governor, Romney passed landmark health care legislation. Time magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world in 2012.

Romney joins a list of distinguished people who have spoken at Jacksonville University. They include former President Gerald Ford, Gen. Colin Powell, former presidential candidate Ross Perot and anthropologist Margaret Mead.

The commencement is April 25.

Photo Credit: "Mitt Romney Speaking at CPAC 2012" by Mark Taylor is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP