Speakers

Commencement Speaker

The Honorable Robert Hurt
Fifth District-Virginia, U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Hurt graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1991 and received his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 1995. From 1999 to 2010, he was engaged in a general law practice in the courthouse town of Chatham. 

Currently, he represents Virginia's Fifth District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over all aspects of the nation's financial and housing sectors. Within the Committee, Representative Hurt serves as the Vice Chairman of the Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee and serves on the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee as well as the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

A native of Pittsylvania County, Representative Hurt began his time in public service in 2001 as a member of the Chatham Town Council. From 2002 to 2007, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing parts of Pittsylvania County, Henry County, and the City of Martinsville. Beginning in 2008, he represented the 19th District in the Senate of Virginia for two years.


Baccalaureate Speaker

The Reverend Virginia "Gini" DiStanislao
The Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, Kenbridge, Virginia

The Reverend DiStanislao received her B.A. in economics from Mary Baldwin College and became the President of Bon Air Title Agency in Richmond, Virginia. Over the course of her career in the title insurance industry, she received numerous national awards for her work. After many years of devotion and service to the church, she decided to further her education by pursuing a path to ministry. She was the first graduate from the School of Ministry Formation in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.

The Reverend DiStanislao currently serves on the Executive Board of the Diocese and is the priest in charge of The Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew in Kenbridge, Virginia. She has served there since her ordinance in 2008. This year, her son, Drew DiStanislao, and nephew, John Moore, are both graduating seniors at H-SC.