Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney delivered the commencement address Saturday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Liberty has become a frequent stop for Republican Candidates. Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin have visited the campus in the past year.
The former Governor touched broadly on religious themes and the way that the Judeo-Christian ethic has shaped American culture and values beyond religion. He spoke about family and urged graduates not to get discouraged by the current economy. He encouraged graduates to look for opportunities for service in unexpected places.
He also spoke directly about the same-sex marriage debate. "Marriage is the relationship between one man and one women," he told the graduates to a standing ovation.
“America needs your talent and your energy, all the more now that our country’s in a tough spot. For you and so many young Americans, our current troubles can be discouraging. You are ready for jobs that were supposed to be ready for you. Millions wait on the day when there are jobs for everyone willing to work, and opportunities to match your hopes and your goals. But don’t lose heart, because that day is coming”
The University estimates 34,000 people will hear Romney’s message. The ceremony will be held at Arthur Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Virginia.