Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner will address Wake Forest University grads May 15

By Jacob McConnico
April 18, 2006

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner will deliver Wake Forest University's commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree May 15.

Warner will address approximately 1,500 Wake Forest graduates during the 9 a.m. outdoor ceremony on the university's Hearn Plaza (the Quad). The ceremony is not open to the public.

Warner, a Democrat who served as Virginia's governor from 2002 to 2006, was featured March 12 on the cover of The New York Times Magazine, which described him as "the bright new star in the constellation of would-be candidates" for president of the United States. Although he has yet to decide if he will run, the story states that, "Warner is being mentioned near the top of every list of candidates vying for the (Democratic) nomination in 2008."

A native of Indiana, Warner began his political career in 1993 as chairman of Virginia's Democratic Party. He was named by Time magazine as one of the "5 Best Governors" in 2005, and by Governing magazine as one of its "Public Officials of the Year" in 2004.

Warner, who became a key figure in the telecommunications industry in the 1980s, was a founding partner of Columbia Capital Corporation, a venture capital fund that started more than 50 telecommunications and information technology companies. As a pioneer in the field of wireless communications, Warner was a co-founder of Nextel Communications.

Media Note: Media are invited to cover Warner's address. Passes and reserved seating will be available for members of the media. Downloadable audio files and beta video clips from his address will also be available. Contact Jacob McConnico at 336-758-5238 or 336-758-5237, or to arrange coverage or request more information.