Patrick Henry College
Purcellville, VA – Former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will deliver the keynote commencement address at Patrick Henry College, Saturday, May 17, 2008. A press conference will follow his address at approximately 12:45 p.m., and a designated press area will be provided during the ceremony. For all media wishing to attend, an RSVP and press credentials are required. To request credentials, please contact the Communications Department (see info above). Commencement ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. Approximately 63 students are eligible to participate in Commencement in May, 2008.
The former Arkansas governor recently campaigned for the Republican nomination for President, galvanizing a passionate grassroots movement with his message of vertical politics, tax reform, and the defense of traditional values. Patrick Henry College co-founder and chancellor, Dr. Michael Farris, was an early and outspoken personal supporter of Huckabee, who, in spite of being dramatically outspent by opponents during the primary race, won key states and drew widespread support.
“Mike Huckabee is the best example I have ever seen of a person committed to communicating the truth of God in a way that is genuinely winsome,” says Dr. Farris. “It is such an honor to have him speak to our graduates as they begin a life of service that is marked by winsomeness and courage.”
From 1996-2007, Huckabee served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas, becoming one of the youngest governors in the country. In 1998 he was re-elected by the largest percentage of voters ever by a Republican gubernatorial nominee in Arkansas, and was re-elected to another four-year term in November 2002.
Having spent a significant part of his adult life as a pastor and denominational leader—he served as the youngest president ever of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, the largest denomination in Arkansas—candidate Huckabee described how these experiences helped him understand the problems faced by individuals and families.
A recognized national leader with numerous national and international honors and accomplishments, Huckabee's response to a personal health crisis also received nationwide coverage. Diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2003, he changed his lifestyle, lost 110 pounds, completed four marathons and published his fourth book, a national bestseller entitled, Quit Digging Your Grave With A Knife and Fork.
His physical transformation prompted The Road Runners Club of America to name Huckabee its 'Southern Region Runner of the Year' and USA Track & Field to award him their 'Athlete of the Week' for the country. His fifth book, From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 STOPS to Restoring America's Greatness, details his vision for an America steered in a clear direction by principled leadership.
Huckabee, 52, plays bass guitar in his rock-n-roll band, Capitol Offense, and lives with his wife, Janet, in North Little Rock. They have three grown children.
Patrick Henry College is a classical Christian liberal arts college known for its rigorous academics, championship-caliber debate program, high level Washington, D.C. apprenticeships and deep ties to homeschool education. Its mission is to train Christian men and women who will lead our nation and shape our culture with timeless biblical values and fidelity to the spirit of the American founding.