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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Virginia Private College Week

WHEREAS, Virginia’s private colleges and universities complement and strengthen the Commonwealth’s higher education system and are an essential part of Virginia’s ability to make a higher education degree attainable for all citizens; and 

WHEREAS, private colleges and universities are centers of learning that reflect the ever-evolving diversity and needs of American life; and  

WHEREAS, more than 150,000 students attend a private college in Virginia and benefit from an array of academic programs, outstanding faculty, small classes, and excellent preparation for a career or graduate school; and 

WHEREAS, Virginia’s private colleges and universities are working with community colleges to seamlessly transfer academic credits for their students; and  

WHEREAS, Virginia undergraduates attending an eligible private college or university in the state receive an annual Tuition Assistance Grant from the Commonwealth of $5,000 which combines with the more than $925 million in additional financial aid awarded by these colleges each year to enable students from all backgrounds and economic situations to attend and complete a degree; and  

WHEREAS, the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) was founded in 1971 and represents twenty-seven private institutions in the Commonwealth; and 

WHEREAS, getting to know campuses is an important step in the college search process, and the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia invites high school students and their families to explore the educational opportunities available at private colleges during “Virginia Private College Week”;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize July 17-22, 2023, as VIRGINIA PRIVATE COLLEGE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.