Celebrity real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump will speak at Liberty University's Convocation in Virginia on Sept. 24 to share with students his business experience and views on free enterprise and the role of faith in society, according university president Jerry Fallwell, Jr.
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Although the choice of Trump, known for his savvy business principles, seems unconventional for a Christian university, the school notes that the Convocation ceremony usually displays an array of speakers with different backgrounds in fields of technology, science, and business.
"Liberty University is the world's largest Christian university, and we are a liberal arts university, not a Bible school," Falwell, also the university's chancellor, told The Christian Post via email.
"Donald Trump is one of the world's better known business leaders, and he's also an influential figure in government and politics. We've invited him to speak about his personal business experience, and about the primacy of the free enterprise system over socialism, whether in its most nuanced or egregious forms," Falwell added.
The Liberty University president and chancellor further added in a press release that Trump would "deliver a wide-ranging address to a record-breaking audience of North American evangelicals discussing success and politics, the role of faith in society, and the particular contribution that this generation of young people can, and must, make to preserve freedom in America."
Trump is perhaps most known for his real estate business, The Trump Organization, and his television show, "The Apprentice."
Before his address to an estimated 10,000-member audience, the business mogul will receive from the university an honorary Doctorate of Business degree, and will join Chancellor Falwell in a press conference following the Convocation.
Liberty University was founded in 1971 by Jerry Falwell senior, a Southern Baptist pastor, televangelist, and conservative political commentator. The school offers law, government, and business programs as part of its curriculum, and counts nearly 100,000 students enrolled on campus and online.
Those looking to view Trump's remarks online, can access the live stream of the Convocation at http://www.libertychannel.com, Monday, Sept. 24 starting at 10 a.m.
Other speakers scheduled for the university's fall Convocation include conservative Christian and child actor Kirk Cameron and actor Ben Stein, and several others.
Previous speakers at the university's Convocation, held three times a year and described by the university as "North America's largest weekly gathering of evangelical young people," include GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, presidential candidates Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, and evangelical Christian pastors Rick Warren and Mark Driscoll.