BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 8, 2010 – Approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students will be honored Friday, Dec. 17 as Virginia Tech holds its 2010 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 2010 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 993 students completing the fall term, and an additional 17 associate’s degree and 479 bachelor’s degrees will be conferred to students who completed their degree during Summer Session 2010.
In addition, 285 graduating seniors completed their baccalaureate degree programs with honors, having achieved an accumulative grade point average of at least a 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.
In all, approximately 1,495 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, 10 graduate certificates, 280 master’s degrees, one Ed.D., and 93 Ph.D. degrees will be conferred to students who completed their graduate programs at the end of summer session. In addition, approximately 26 graduate certificates, 503 master's degrees, 10 Ed.D., and 186 Ph.D. degrees will be conferred to students completing graduate programs at the end of the fall term.
In all, approximately 1,079 graduate students will be recognized during the Graduate School Ceremony.
Jacqueline Bixler, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, will give the keynote address at the University Commencement Ceremony. and alumna Lori Wagner, manager of Advanced Fibers and Composites for Honeywell International and former 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 be closed due to inclement weather, commencement ceremonies would also be cancelled. Once the decision to cancel has been made, details will be posted on the Virginia Tech homepage, the Virginia Tech News homepage, and Virginia Tech Mobile. In addition, a broadcast e-mail will be sent to all students, faculty, and staff; a recorded message will be placed on the University Weather Line (540/231-6668); and information will be broadcast on WVTF-FM 89.1 and shared with other local media outlets. The announcement will also be posted to VT News on Twitter and the Virginia Tech page on Facebook.