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Commencement speakers in Va. stirring complaints

Sunday - 4/29/2012, 4:17pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Commencement speakers at some Virginia universities are not sitting well with some on campus.

At Liberty University, for example, the selection of a Mormon - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney - is stirring opposition from some students at the Christian university in Lynchburg founded by the late Jerry Falwell.

Janet Loeffler is studying accounting through Liberty's online program. She told the Richmond Times-Dispatchshe objects to Romney's selection on religious grounds.

Liberty spokesman Johnnie Moore said the university has received more positive than negative feedback. He said many of those who objected are not affiliated with the university.

At the University of Richmond and Christopher Newport University, some are objecting to their commencement speaker: Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Those objections appear to be politically based.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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