‘Don’t check out’: Warner encourages W&M grads to be active citizens


America is at its best when citizens are informed and actively engaged, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner LL.D. ’02 (D-Va.) told William & Mary’s Class of 2018.

“I ask you to use your power as educated citizens with your William & Mary degrees to make your voices heard, stand up for what’s right and demand that your leaders do the same,” he said. “Because frankly, our democracy depends on it.”

Warner spoke to a crowd of more than 14,000 people who gathered in Zable Stadium Saturday morning for the university’s 2018 Commencement ceremony. The event both celebrated new beginnings and marked a series of conclusions in the university’s history, including Taylor Reveley’s presidency and the 50th anniversary commemoration of the university’s first African-American students in…

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