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Feb 3, 2015 8:03 PM

Romney to give major address at NH's Saint Anselm College


CONCORD - Mitt Romney says he isn't running in 2016, but the 2012 Republican presidential nominee will give a major speech in the first-in-the-nation primary state in May, just as the race for the White House will be heating up.

Saint Anselm College announced on Tuesday evening that Romney will be their commencement speaker on Sunday May 17. A source close to Romney tells NH1 that the former Massachusetts governor accepted Saint Anselm's invitation to give the commencement address prior to his announcement last Friday that he wouldn't make a third presidential bid. That bombshell announcement came three weeks after Romney said he was seriously considering launching bid in 2016.

"The life lessons and leadership skills Governor Romney will present to our graduates as they venture out into the world represent a set of values commensurate with that of Saint Anselm's mission - to educate individuals who make and find opportunities to engage in the service of diverse local, national, and global fields and communities," Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, the Saint Anselm College president, wrote in a statement.

"There are few individuals who can stand before a group of young men and women with such a wide range of experiences and accomplishments, in both the public and private sectors."

The Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college in Goffstown plays an important role in presidential politics. It's home to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and has hosted numerous presidential debates during recent election cycles.

Romney will receive an honorary degree during the ceremony.


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