3,534 undergraduate candidates received diplomas in the university's Spring 2006 Commencement.

Facts about the event:

-- Marks Virginia Tech's 134th commencement year (26th Northern Virginia Center commencement ceremony).

-- The class of 2006 will join the ranks of more than 185,000 living alumni from every state and more than 100 countries.

-- Total Virginia Tech graduates from the 2005-06 academic year, (including December graduates), includes 5,148 undergraduates (3,590 spring, 1,558 fall) and 2,054 graduates (1,235 spring, 819 fall).

-- 1,235 graduate students, with the following degrees: 914 master’s degrees, 214 doctorate degrees, 21 advanced graduate degrees, 1 education specialist degree, and 85 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees.

The approximate number of undergraduate degrees by college are:

- Agriculture and Life Sciences -- 302 (of these, 26 students will receive associate's degrees)

- Architecture and Urban Studies -- 245

- Pamplin College of Business -- 684

- Engineering -- 904

- Liberal Arts and Human Sciences -- 799

- Natural Resources -- 89

- Science -- 537

All University Commencement Ceremony:

-- 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 12, Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.

-- Keynote speaker: Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine

-- Approximately 30,000 family members and guests are expected to attend the event.

Graduate School Commencement ceremony:

--3 p.m., Friday, May 12, Cassell Coliseum.

-- Keynote speaker: Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board

Northern Virginia Commencement ceremony:

-- 1 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at the George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Va.

-- Keynote speaker: Donald M. Norris, president of Strategic Initiatives, Inc.

-- Ceremony to honor 150 degree candidates.

Calendar of Events (Friday, May 12):

-- Corps Of Cadets Ceremony: 11 a.m., Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown Auditorium

-- Army Commissioning: 2 p.m., Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown, Auditorium

-- Naval Commissioning: 3 p.m., Squires Student Center, Colonial Hall

-- Graduate School Commencement Ceremony: 3 p.m., Cassell Coliseum

-- University Commencement Ceremony: 7:30 p.m., Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.

Calendar of Events (Saturday, May 13):

-- Agriculture and Life Sciences: 11 a.m., Cassell Coliseum

-- Architecture & Urban Studies: 8:30 a.m., Burruss Hall, Auditorium

-- Pamplin College of Business: 8:30 a.m., Cassell Coliseum

-- Engineering: 2 p.m., Cassell Coliseum

-- Natural Resources: 8:30 a.m., War Memorial Gymnasium

-- VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine: 8:30 a.m., Squires Student Center, Commonwealth Ballroom

-- Air Force Commissioning: 4:30 p.m., Squires Student Center, Colonial Hall

Note: The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and the College of Science will hold several departmental convocation ceremonies throughout the day.

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