Hampton University president to give CNU’s commencement address

Hampton University President William R. Harvey will deliver Christopher Newport University’s commencement address on May 12, the day before HU’s own commencement.

Harvey also will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters, approved by CNU’s Board of Visitors during its meeting Friday.

“I was honored to be asked to be Christopher Newport’s commencement speaker,” Harvey said. “I have long admired President Paul Trible and the good work that they are doing, and I look forward to talking to those that are going to be graduating and going out into the world to serve humanity.”

Trible said the selection of Harvey has special significance as he celebrates 40 years as president and the university’s 150th anniversary.

“Dr. Harvey’s life of leadership, service and his extraordinary vision and commitment to our commonwealth and nation truly embody what it means to live a life of significance,” Trible said. “We know that Dr. Harvey will instruct and inspire our graduates, and we will award him an honorary degree in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions that have made a powerful and positive difference in the world.”

The commencement ceremony is set to start at 10 a.m. on the university’s Great Lawn. The ceremony is open to the public, although a ticket is required if it is moved inside due to rain.

Hampton, as well as the College of William and Mary and Thomas Nelson Community College, have not yet announced their commencement speakers.

CNU’s announcement came after a regular meeting of the university’s BOV.

In other business, the board approved next year’s compensation plan for instructional faculty. The plan is the same as the current academic year’s except for one change — distinguished professors can now make a maximum of $179,000, a $1,000 increase from the current plan’s maximum.

Hammond can be reached by phone at 757-247-4951 or on Twitter @byjanehammond.