Former Flames standout and current NFL running back Rashad Jennings (’09) will return to his alma mater on Saturday, May 14, to deliver the keynote address at Liberty University’s 43rd Commencement Ceremony in Lynchburg, Va. The event begins at 10 a.m. inside Williams Stadium.
Just seven years ago, Jennings celebrated his own graduation shortly after being drafted into the National Football League by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Today, he is the starting running back for the New York Giants, in addition to being a philanthropist, inspirational speaker, and writer.
At Liberty, Jennings double majored in business and sport management, with a minor in biblical studies.
President Jerry Falwell told the Liberty Champion, the university’s student-run newspaper, that Jennings was chosen “not only because of his success in the NFL, but also his tireless efforts to help children in the Lynchburg area develop their reading skills through his foundation.”
“Rashad Jennings is a Liberty University living legend,” Falwell continued. “He has seen more success in the NFL than any other Liberty football player in recent years, and he exhibits the Christian values that we pray all Liberty graduates will embrace through his service to others. Having successful alumni like Rashad Jennings and Shannon Bream as our keynote speakers at Commencement is a sign that Liberty is maturing as a university and producing the type of graduates envisioned by our founders.”
Falwell noted that Liberty has hosted many prominent Commencement speakers in recent years, including politicians, entertainers, and business leaders. In 2012, Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy appeared at Commencement as a surprise guest when Gov. Mitt Romney was the keynote speaker. Falwell said he would “not rule out the possibility” that a surprise guest will also appear this year.
The stage from which Jennings will be speaking will be positioned just behind one of the end zones where he celebrated a number of his 42 touchdowns over three seasons with Liberty.
Source: Liberty University News Service