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Class of 2002 Commencement

Virginia Governor Mark R. Warner To Be Graduation Speaker At The University Of Virginia

February 12, 2002-- Mark R. Warner, the 69th governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, will be the commencement speaker at the University of Virginia’s 173rd Final Exercises on Sunday, May 19, President John T. Casteen III announced today.

The recently elected governor, who faces the difficult task of balancing the state's budget in a recession, promised during his campaign to apply a private sector approach to state government's $25 billion-a-year enterprise.

"We are honored that Gov. Warner has agreed to speak at this year's graduation," Casteen said. "Many of his life achievements -- in business, philanthropy, and public service -- mirror our graduates' aspirations. The Class of 2002 stands to learn a great deal from both his experience and the example he has set."

Following graduation from Harvard Law School in 1980, Warner went into business not law, starting his first successful company in the fledgling cellular communications industry. Later he was a founding partner of Columbia Capital Corporation, a technology venture capital fund in Alexandria that has helped start more than 50 businesses now employing more than 15,000 workers.

Warner, a Northern Virginia entrepreneur and philanthropist, has been dedicated to helping the underserved across Virginia. He was a founding chair of the Virginia Health Care Foundation, which provides health care to more than 425,000 Virginians in rural and urban areas. Through the foundation, Warner started SeniorNavigator.com, an Internet-based program that uses a network of trained volunteers to help older Virginians and their caregivers find answers to medical questions, locate senior health services, and connect with other senior citizens in their communities.

Warner, 47, received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University in 1977. His wife Lisa Collis graduated from the U.Va.'s College of Arts and Sciences that same year with a degree in biology.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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