CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A baseball star will be kicking off final exercises weekend at the University of Virginia this year.

UVA alumnus Ryan Zimmerman, who retired from the Washington Nationals in 2022 after playing for 17 seasons, will speak to graduating fourth-year students at valedictory exercises.

According to a release, he will be one of three featured speakers for final exercises weekend beginning on May 17.

Zimmerman was the first player drafted by the Washington team. He was a two-time all-star and a member of the 2019 World Series Champion team.

Additionally, he has been recognized for his philanthropy through his ziMS Foundation, which has provided more than $4 million to help fight multiple sclerosis.

Zimmerman will be speaking at the John Paul Jones Arena at 3:30 p.m. May 17.

Daniel Willingham, a psychology professor, will speak to students from the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and the School of Education and Human Development on May 18.

And outgoing School of Law Dean Risa Goluboff will speak before the graduates from the other nine schools.