U.S. Sen. Mark Warner Slated as Duquesne Law Commencement Speaker
Duquesne University School of Law has announced that U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D. Virginia) will serve as its commencement speaker on Sunday, June 7, at 11 a.m. at the A.J. Palumbo Center on campus.
Warner has been a member of the Senate since 2008; prior to that, he was the governor of Virginia from 2002-2006. Known for his bipartisan approach to public service, Warner has been a key figure on the Budget Committee and other significant Senate committees.
An early pioneer in the cellular telephone industry, Warner co-founded the company that became Nextel. During his tenure as governor, Virginia was recognized as the nation's "best managed state," the "best state for business," and as a leader in providing educational opportunities for its young people. Warner attended George Washington University, where he was valedictorian of his class. He went on to attend Harvard Law School, where he was a classmate and roommate of Duquesne Law School Dean Ken Gormley.
"We are thrilled that Senator Warner will be joining us at Duquesne for this significant event in the lives of our graduating law students," said Gormley. "Senator Warner embodies the very best attributes of a lawyer who has devoted his career to public service and to advancing the interests of all citizens. We are honored that he will serve as the keynote speaker at the Law School's 101st commencement ceremony."
Duquesne University's Student Bar Association selected Warner as the 2015 law school graduation speaker from a large field of prominent lawyers, judges and public figures.
Warner was sworn in to his second term in the U.S. Senate on Jan. 6.