Khizr Khan to speak at PVCC's 46th commencement ceremony on May 16

Khizr Khan

Piedmont Virginia Community College announced today that Khizr Khan will be the featured speaker at PVCC’s 46th commencement ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, May 16, at 6 p.m., at John Paul Jones Arena, located at 295 Massie Drive in Charlottesville.

Khizr Khan is a constitutional rights advocate, Muslim American patriot, and Gold Star parent. With Ghazala Khan, he is a parent of three including the late U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in 2004 in a suicide explosion in Iraq. Born in Pakistan, Mr. Khan came to the United States in 1980 and became a citizen in 1986.  

“We are honored to have Khizr Khan as our commencement speaker this year,” said PVCC President Frank Friedman. “We look forward to hearing about Mr. Khan’s life and experiences in his message to our graduates.”

Mr. Khan earned LLM degrees from Harvard Law School and the University of Missouri Law School. He has practiced law specializing in commercial civil litigation, electronic discovery and health privacy law compliance. From 2000 to 2007, he worked for the law firm Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) as manager of litigation technology.

Mr. Khan became a public figure after speaking at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Since then he has authored two books on what it means to be an American and has given national speeches on religious liberty and minority rights.