Republican Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney declares victory in the Wisconsin presidential primary, Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
is set to deliver this year's commencement address at Liberty
University, the evangelical Christian institution founded by the
late televangelist Jerry Falwell Sr.
Romney, a Mormon, has never before visited the Lynchburg, Va.,
The university announced news of the May 12 commencement address
Romney will deliver the address weeks after becoming the
presumptive Republican presidential nominee. He struggled during
the primary fight to win over evangelical Christians who are a key
part of the Republican base.
The speech will draw a huge crowd.
The university says more than 14,000 graduates and 34,000 guests
will be on hand. It also plans to broadcast video of the speech to
an estimated 70,000 Liberty online students around the world.