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ODU Holds Spring Commencement with Gov.

Glenn Youngkin as Speaker

Old Dominion University (ODU) celebrated its spring commencement on Saturday, marking the end of the 2023 spring semester.

The ceremony, held outside for the first time since 2002, commenced at 9 a.m.

and saw a diverse group of graduates walking across the stage to receive their diplomas.

Governor Glenn Youngkin, serving as the commencement speaker, addressed the graduating class, delivering a powerful message of freedom reminiscent of Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride.

The governor’s speech emphasized the significance of education and the opportunities it brings, urging the graduates to embark on their future endeavors with courage and determination.

The event drew particular attention to ODU’s College of Arts and Letters, the Strong College of Business Darden, and other departments, as students from various disciplines celebrated their achievements together.

The atmosphere was filled with excitement and a sense of accomplishment as the graduates, wearing their caps and gowns, embraced their hard-earned success.

The commencement marked a significant milestone for both the university and its graduating seniors, who now transition from their academic journey to the next phase of their lives.

As they bid farewell to ODU, they carry with them the knowledge and experiences gained during their time on campus, ready to make their mark in the world.

ODU’s spring commencement showcased the resilience and determination of its students, faculty, and staff, who worked tirelessly to ensure a memorable and meaningful event despite the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic.

The ceremony served as a testament to the university’s commitment to academic excellence and the success of its graduates.

As the graduates venture forth into their future endeavors, ODU remains proud of their accomplishments and wishes them the best in all their future endeavors.

The spring commencement will undoubtedly serve as a cherished memory for both the graduates and their families, marking the beginning of a new chapter filled with endless possibilities.

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