Levar M. Stoney, the 80th mayor of Richmond, Virginia, is our 2018 graduation speaker. VCU Honors College awards Honors medallions to 126 graduates on Friday, May 11, at 2 p.m. in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts.
The youngest mayor ever elected to serve the city, Stoney was raised in Virginia by his grandmother and his father, a custodian. A product of Virginia public schools, he was the first in his family to earn a high school diploma. He went on to graduate from James Madison University before moving to Richmond to begin a career in public service.
After serving as a Governor's Fellow in then-Governor Mark Warner's office, Stoney became the first African American Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the youngest member of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's cabinet. As secretary, he was the driving force behind transforming the process that restores civil and voting rights. Under Stoney’s leadership, Virginia restored more rights than any other state in the country and more than the past seven administrations combined.
Mayor Stoney serves on a number of civic and community boards, including the VCU Massey Cancer Center Advisory Board; Great Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP), a college-access organization; NextUp, an after-school program network; and the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation 2019 Commemoration. A proud member of Richmond Crusade for Voters and the NAACP, he also serves as co-chairman of the Capital Region Collaborative and sits on the board of Venture Richmond.