Approximately 2,500 students will be honored Friday, Dec. 19 for completing their academic degrees at the end of the summer and fall terms as Virginia Tech holds its 2008 Fall Commencement ceremonies in Cassell Coliseum on the Virginia Tech campus.

Students, parents, faculty, staff, and guests who seek detailed information relating to the event should visit the 2008 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 two students, and bachelor's degrees will be conferred to approximately 996 students completing the fall term, and an additional 16 associate’s degree and 483 bachelor’s degrees will be conferred to students who completed their degree during Summer Session 2008.

In all, approximately 1,497 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, 274 master’s, two Ed.S., one Ed.D., and 89 Ph.D. degrees will be conferred to students who completed their graduate programs at the end of summer session. In addition, approximately 498 master's, four Ed.D., and 187 Ph.D. degrees, along with 13 graduate certificates, will be conferred to students completing graduate programs at the end of the fall term.

In all, it is anticipated that 1,068 graduate students will be recognized during the Graduate School Ceremony.

Gary Downey, Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, will deliver the keynote address at the University Commencement Ceremony. Marc Edwards, Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering and 2007 John D. and Catherine MacArthur Fellow, 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.