"It is one of the greatest honors of my life to welcome President Carter to our Commencement stage," Liberty University President Jerry Falwell said in a statement. "I have tremendous respect for him as a statesman and a true Christian. While Christians may disagree about what role government should play in serving those in need, the Liberty University community along with all Christians worldwide are united in the belief that we, as individuals, should provide food and shelter to the poor. President Carter, both during his time in office and since, has followed the teachings of Christ by serving the poor and loving his neighbors. I am thrilled that he will be sharing the story of his life of faith in action to our graduates and their families."
This isn’t the first time the school has invited a U.S. president to its campus. Both George H. W. Bush and Donald J. Trump have spoken at graduation services while still in office.