Video (31:09): Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli delivers 2012 Commencement speech.
Video (12:59): Graduating senior Amy Kucks delivers student remarks.
Video (11:43): Graduating senior Alan Carrillo delivers student remarks.
Dates for the 2012 Commencement:
2012 Commencement speaker: Ken Cuccinelli
Virginia's Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli
Ken Cuccinelli was elected the Attorney General of Virginia in November 2009.
He was a member of the Virginia Senate from 2002 until 2009, and as a state senator, Ken Cuccinelli led the fight to defend constitutional rights, stop tax increases, protect life and families, and keep Virginia a low-regulation and pro-business state. His experience as a small business owner and an attorney uniquely prepared him for his role in the General Assembly where he served on the influential Senate Courts of Justice Committee. Ken was also on the Transportation Committee, Local Government Committee, and the Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee.
In his first 100 days in office, Cuccinelli filed a legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's intention to regulate greenhouse gases; advised public colleges and universities that they lacked authority to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; filed suit to block the federal health-reform law on constitutional grounds; and demanded that U-Va. hand over documents connected to a former professor's work on climate change, to determine whether the professor used false information to obtain taxpayer-funded research grants
Now, at 43, he stands as one of the most high-profile, active attorneys general in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia. His willingness to charge into, and challenge the status quo on, some of the most monumental and defining issues of the day -- including health care, climate change and the nature of government itself -- has made him a hero of sort for conservatives across the nation.