Buena Vista, Va
It was a day filled with pomp and circumstance for soon to be Southern Virginia University graduates as they took their seats. Behind them, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, acknowledged the crowd.
“We had so many rumors going around campus about who was going to be our commencement speaker. And it was everything from little church leaders to other government officials. And then we found out that it was going to be Romney, that’s a really big step for southern Virginia,” said graduate, Kambyl Borries.
“Every one of you here today as a graduate can live an abundant life, every single one of you,” said Romney.
Romney's message was one of family values and hard work, telling students to challenge themselves on future endeavors.
“Launch out into the deep. Don't live your life in the shallows, Live in the deep waters. Grasp every ennobling experience that is available to you, said Romney.
“I really enjoyed it. It kind of gave me a new prospective on not staying where I am right now,” said graduate, Jordan Clark. “But really reaching out for my potential on what I want to do in life and not just be happy with the status quo. But really force myself to go to uncomfortable measures if I need to.”
“I was expecting something big and phenomenal and I was so glad it wasn't. It was the basic things that I wanted to remember with my family,” said graduate Robert Burton.