- By Ashley Bollinger
- Published: April 21st, 2012
Liberty University announced April 19 that Mitt Romney will be addressing Liberty graduates at the 2012 Commencement, on May 12.
Romney is currently the front-running Republican candidate for the 2012 Presidential elections.
According to his website, Romney was born in Detroit on March 12, 1947.
Although Romney is now classified as a politician, he spent most of his life working in the private sector before he was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, according to his website.
Romney, like many, has encountered hardship in his life, according to his website. His wife Ann, whom he married in 1969, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998. She also recently “fought a battle with breast cancer,” according to his website.
However, Romney has maintained strength in his hardship through his religion, as he advanced towards the 2012 Presidential elections, according to his website.
Religion has played a role in Romney’s life and political career, according to his speech Dec. 6, 2007, given at the George Bush Presidential Library.
“Almost 50 years ago another candidate from Massachusetts explained that he was an American running for president, not a Catholic running for president. Like him, I am an American running for president. I do not define my candidacy by my religion. A person should not be elected because of his faith nor should he be rejected because of his faith … I believe in my Mormon faith, and I endeavor to live by it. My faith is the faith of my fathers — I will be true to them and to my beliefs.”
He continued, “My church’s beliefs about Christ may not all be the same as those of other faiths. Each religion has its own unique doctrines and history. These are not bases for criticism but rather a test of our tolerance. Religious tolerance would be a shallow principal indeed if it were reserved only for faiths with which we agree.”
Romney has yet to comment as to what it is he will be speaking about, on May 12.
Commencement will be Romney’s first appearance at Liberty. There are expected to be 34,000 guests in attendance at the ceremony, according to Liberty’s website.