Mitt Romney will deliver this year's commencement address at the late Jerry Falwell's Liberty University on May 12.

“We are delighted that Governor Romney will join us to celebrate Commencement with Liberty's 2012 graduates,” Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. said in a statement. “This will be a historic event for Liberty University reminiscent of the visits of Governor, and then presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan to Liberty's campus in 1980 and of President H. W. Bush who spoke at Liberty's 1990 Commencement ceremony.”

It will be the GOP presidential candidate's first visit to the Lynchburg, Virginia college.

Romney, a Mormon who has struggled to win over evangelical Christians, is facing mounting pressure from Christian conservatives to take a stronger stand against gay rights, in particular marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.

The school, which forbids openly gay students from attending, has previously condemned the Democratic Party's support for gay rights.

Liberty University law professors Matt Barber and Judith Reisman are vocal opponents of gay rights. Barber has claimed that gay marriage ban DOMA protects kids from HIV/AIDS, has labeled the Fox musical-comedy Glee “radical homosexual promotion,” and has claimed that gay teens commit suicide not because they are bullied but because they know “what they are doing is unnatural.” Barber and Reisman have suggested that gay rights advocates promote pedophilia.