At the start of the pandemic, back home in Chesapeake, Virginia, Jarred Green '20 had to find a way to fill his newly found free time. He had a table saw and a passion for craftsmanship. Both became his ticket to a new business venture.
During an online broadcast at vt.edu/commencement graduates will be honored, degrees will be conferred, and special guests and student leaders will speak — plus there will be opportunities for friends and family to participate and offer well wishes.
The survey helps the university understand what new graduates do after graduation and helps current students who are still working toward graduation see the diversity of pursuits and the opportunities around the world being afforded to new grads.
Since 2002, the midwestern metropolis with a storied history in American design has housed a Virginia Tech architecture program where students experience the real challenges of professional practice in a complex urban setting.
For Jeffrey Morelli, it all started with a desire to help others, which grew to a passion for health care and creating innovative technology to improve the overall quality of life. Then, when a global pandemic hit, he knew this was his moment to rise to the challenge.
When Peter Velz took a poetry class, he never dreamed it would inspire him to become both a skilled editor and a running enthusiast. Nor did he know how important the confidence he gained would help him along a career path that took him through the Obama administration to an assistant vice chancellorship.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has changed how every VTCSOM alum does their job, in big and small ways. This first story of a three-part series explores perspectives of how the pandemic is affecting alumni in Washington, Oregon, and California.
The PanJammers, an award-winning steel drum orchestra based in Blacksburg and featuring many faculty, staff, and alumni of Virginia Tech, has recorded a virtual version of the traditional graduation song for the Class of 2020.
On the second story above Joe’s Diner in downtown Blacksburg, the XYZ Art Gallery serves as a bridge between Virginia Tech and the surrounding area. As an entirely student-run venue, XYZ has been showcasing art, music, architecture, and design by and for the community for more than 25 years.
Virginia Tech’s first-generation initiative began in 2017, when first-generation students at Virginia Tech formed 1G@VT. First-Generation Student Support officially launched within the Dean of Students Office in August 2019.
Since 2016, creative technologies students have participated in the New Orleans Film Festival thanks to assistant professor Rahcel Lin Weaver's partnership as the program director of Cinema Reset. In 2019, a group of students also had an opportunity to debut one of their films in a world premiere.
Virginia Tech will celebrate the Class of 2020 during online commencement exercises Friday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. ET. The first-of-its-kind event will feature inspirational messages from notable Hokies, including Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier, legendary defensive coordinator Bud Foster, and world-renowned poet and University Distinguished Professor Nikki Giovanni.
Jessica Schultz is the founder of an eclectic baking and crafts business called Find A Way, Bake, and Crochet, which she opened while she was in college. Her next commercial venture was the highly successful Blacksburg Bagels, which she opened in 2013 and sold earlier this year. Now, Schultz is expressing her gifts while helping to build a vibrant community in the New River Valley.