After the shooting on Monday, Bush expressed shock and sadness over the more than 30 people who died on the campus. The White House confirmed on Tuesday morning he and Mrs. Bush would travel to the university in Blacksburg, Va., to attend the afternoon convocation.
"Schools should be places of safety, sanctuary and learning," Bush said Monday in reaction to the deaths. "When that sanctuary is violated, the impact is felt in every American classroom in every American community."
Bush spoke with Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and Virginia Tech President Charles Steger.
"I told them that Laura and I and many across our nation are praying for the victims and all the members of university community that have been devastated by this terrible tragedy," Bush said.