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Lieutenant General Phil Jones CBE, chief of staff at North Atlantic Treaty Organization-Allied Command Transformation (NATO-ACT) and 34-year officer in the British Army, will deliver the keynote address during Virginia Wesleyan College's 46th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 16. Jones has worked closely with Virginia Wesleyan in recent years to establish a formal agreement that offers student grants to dependents of NATO-ACT employees stationed in Norfolk. In return, NATO-ACT offers their staff's expertise to the VWC community in the form of guest lectures, internship opportunities, and NATO simulation opportunities like the Model NATO Challenge. “We are honored to have Lieutenant General Jones as our 2015 Commencement speaker,” says VWC President William T. “Billy” Greer. “The College is committed not only to expanding international opportunities for our students and embracing diversity within our campus community, but to building truly global partnerships that promote positive change in the world.” Commencement will take place at 11 a.m. in the Convocation Center inside the Jane P. Batten Student Center on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan. Doors open at 10 a.m. No tickets required; General seating is first-come, first-served. You can find more information, including details about the Friday evening Baccalaureate Service and the ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, at