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Fall Commencement ceremonies to be held Dec. 15


BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 27, 2006 – Approximately 2,500 Virginia Tech students will be honored for completing their academic degrees as Virginia Tech holds Fall Commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 15.

Students, parents, faculty, staff, and guests who seek detailed information relating to the event should visit the Fall Commencement Information website.

Undergraduate students will be recognized at the University Commencement Ceremony held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum on the Virginia Tech campus. Bachelor's degrees will be conferred to approximately 1,021 students completing fall semester classes and an additional 418 students who completed their degree requirements at the end Summer Session.

The Graduate School Ceremony will follow from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., also in Cassell Coliseum. At that ceremony, 332 master’s, 16 Ed.D., and 81 Ph.D. degrees, along with three graduate certificates, will be conferred to students who completed their graduate programs at the end of Summer Session. In addition, approximately 383 master's, 12 Ed.D., and 131 Ph.D., along with 10 graduate certificates, will be conferred to students completing graduate programs at the end of the fall term. In all, approximately 968 graduate students will be recognized.

Henry J. Dekker, retired founder and president of North American operations for French couturier Louis Féraud, and past member of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, will deliver the keynote address at the University Commencement Ceremony. Ben J. Davenport, Jr., chairman of First Piedmont Corporation and Davenport Energy and member of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors will deliver the Graduate School Ceremony address.

Families and guests attending the University Commencement Ceremony are encouraged to be seated by 10:15 a.m. The procession of students and faculty will begin promptly at 10:40 a.m. Those attending the Graduate School Ceremony are asked to be seated by 2:15 p.m. The procession of students and faculty will begin at 2:45 p.m.

Should the university close due to inclement weather, these ceremonies would also be cancelled. Please refer to the university homepage for up-to-date information. The Virginia Tech Commencement Hotline is (540) 231-3208.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech is the most comprehensive university in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is among the top research universities in the nation. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to quality, innovation, and results through teaching, research, and outreach activities. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.



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