Secretary of the Air Force to Speak at Graduation

The Honorable Michael B. Donley, the Secretary of the Air Force, will be the commencement speaker at Randolph-Macon Academy’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 2, 2012. The ceremony will be held at 10:00 am in the newly refurbished Melton Memorial Gymnasium.

According to his biography, Donley “is the 22nd Secretary and was confirmed Oct. 2, 2008. He is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its more than 334,000 men and women on active duty, 176,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, 170,000 civilians, and their families. photo of  MICHAEL B. DONLEYHe also oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of more than $119 billion.

“Mr. Donley has 30 years of experience in the national security community, including service in the Senate, White House and the Pentagon. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Donley served as the Director of Administration and Management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He oversaw organizational and management planning for the Department of Defense and all administration, facility, information technology and security matters for the Pentagon.”

“We are delighted to have Secretary Donley visit our campus and graduate the Class of 2012,” said R-MA President Major General Henry M. Hobgood, USAF Ret.

Donley’s complete biography can be accessed at

Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding military school for students in grades 6 through 12.  Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in a unique flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.



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