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Countdown to graduation: 2016 fall commencement basics

December 12, 2016

Fall commencement
Virginia Tech will hold its fall commencement ceremonies Friday.

Virginia Tech will host fall commencement exercises on Friday in Cassell Coliseum.

Ben Davenport Jr., former rector of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors and university alumnus, and Andy Morikawa, senior fellow with the School of Public and International Affairs’ Institute for Policy and Governance, will deliver the keynote addresses.

Davenport will speak to undergraduate students at the University Ceremony, which begins with a procession at 10:30 a.m. Morikawa will speak at the Graduate School Ceremony, which begins with a procession at 2:30 p.m.

More than 2,300 students will be honored for completing their academic degrees at the end of the summer and fall terms at the two events.

A complete schedule can be found on the commencement website. Virginia Tech will offer live streaming video of both the Graduate School Commencement and University Commencement  from the university homepage.

This fall, 282 graduating seniors will complete their baccalaureate degree programs with honors, having achieved an accumulative grade point average of at least a 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.

The most popular major among graduating seniors is business information technology. The next four most popular majors are finance, computer science, psychology, and biology.

Bachelor’s degrees to be awarded to students from each of Virginia Tech’s seven undergraduate colleges:

Approximately 1,180 students will be honored at Graduate School Commencement — 773 master’s degree candidates, two education specialist degree candidates, 10 Ed.D. candidates, 94 advanced graduate certificate candidates, and 303 Ph.D. candidates.

More information on all commencement and convocation activities may be found online.

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