Today, Bethany College announced that Charlie Batch will deliver the keynote speech at this spring’s commencement ceremony.

In the announcement, Bethany College President Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg said, “Charlie Batch’s example of tenacity, hard work, and dedication in service to the community is a model for 21st century American life. The impact of his work and message will be a clarion call to the Class of 2018 at a time when public service is needed more than ever. We’re honored to welcome him to Bethany College.”

Located in Bethany, West Virginia, Bethany College’s 178th Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m.

Read the full press release here.