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Fall Commencement set for Friday, Dec. 18


BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 1, 2009 – Approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students will be honored Friday, Dec. 18 as Virginia Tech holds its 2009 Fall Commencement ceremonies in Cassell Coliseum on the Virginia Tech campus.

Students who completed their academic work at the end of the summer session or the fall semester will be recognized at this ceremony.

Students, parents, faculty, staff, and guests who seek detailed information relating to the event should visit the 2009 Fall Commencement website.

Undergraduate students will be recognized at the University Commencement Ceremony held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum. Associate’s degrees will be conferred to five students, and bachelor's degrees will be conferred to approximately 970 students completing the fall term, and an additional five associate’s degree and 507 bachelor’s degrees will be conferred to students who completed their degree during Summer Session 2009.

In all, approximately 1,487 undergraduate students will be recognized at the University Commencement Ceremony.

The Graduate School Ceremony will follow from 3 to 5 p.m., also in Cassell Coliseum. At that ceremony, 18 graduate certificates, 326 master’s degrees, 18 Ed.S., one Ed.D., and 74 Ph.D. degrees will be conferred to students who completed their graduate programs at the end of summer session. In addition, approximately 21 graduate certificates, 421 master's degrees, two Ed.S., five Ed.D., and 126 Ph.D. degrees will be conferred to students completing graduate programs at the end of the fall term.

In all, approximately 1,012 graduate students will be recognized during the Graduate School Ceremony.

Rosemary Blieszner, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Human Development, associate director of the Center for Gerontology, and associate dean of the Graduate School at Virginia Tech, will give the keynote address at the University Commencement Ceremony. Elsa A. Murano, professor and president emerita at Texas A&M University, will deliver the Graduate School Ceremony address. Learn more about the 2009 Fall Commencement speakers.

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.