"We are delighted that Governor Romney will join us to celebrate Commencement with Liberty’s 2012 graduates," said the younger Falwell in a statement. "This will be a historic event for Liberty University reminiscent of the visits of governor, and then presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan to Liberty's campus in 1980 and of President George H.W. Bush who spoke at Liberty’s 1990 Commencement ceremony."
The former governor is the latest in a string of Republican presidential candidates to speak there, tracing back to then-candidate Ronald Reagan in 1980. More recently, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) spoke there, both of them focusing on their faith.