Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won't be coming to Utah as a 2016 presidential candidate, but Utah Valley University announced Tuesday that he would be coming to campus on April 30 as the school's commencement speaker.
"We are honored to welcome Mitt Romney to our campus as our commencement speaker," UVU President Matthew Holland said. "His achievements, both public and private, are inspiring and will underscore to our students the tremendous things that can be accomplished after graduation through hard work, continuous learning and a sense of service."
"He was at the top of our wish list coming into the school year, and we were elated when he accepted our invitation earlier last fall," UVU student body president Tyler Brklacich said.
UVU will also be awarding honorary doctoral degrees to Romney and Pamela J. Atkinson, a community and homeless advocate in Utah. Former Utah Speaker of the House Rebecca "Becky" Lockhart, who died on January 17, 2014, after a brief battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, will also be awarded a posthumous honorary doctoral degree.