The Class of 2020 celebrated from wherever they were — many at their homes with family, hosting watch parties and commencement ceremonies. They participated virtually by posting to social media using the #HokieGrad tag or leaving comments on the commencement website.
Moose, an 8-year-old therapy dog at Virginia Tech’s Cook Counseling Center, received an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine Friday evening as part of virtual commencement exercises. It’s the latest recognition for the pawsome member of Hokie Nation.
The ceremony will be online at vt.edu/commencement at 6:30 p.m. EDT today and will be viewable on-demand afterward. All Virginia Tech campuses and students will be together, including undergraduate, master’s, Ph.D., doctor of veterinary medicine, and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students, and the Corps of Cadets. Students will hear a special message from their respective deans and then hear their names called. Join the #HokieGrad conversation on social media for a chance to be featured on the commencement website.
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.
For many international students visiting Cranwell International Center over the past four years, their first interaction would have been a friendly greeting from Savannah Nelson, a senior in criminology who has worked as an administrative and programming assistant at the center since her first week at Virginia Tech.
“Being named a Ruffner Medal recipient by Virginia Tech is one of the most significant recognitions I have ever received,” said Quillen. “As a proud member of the Class of 1970, to receive this honor in our 50th anniversary year makes it even more special.”
Hack’s leadership and community service roles have defined her college experience. By engaging in service, student organizations, and undergraduate research, she made the most out of her college career.
More than 40 students from around the world convened on Zoom to celebrate their graduation from the Language and Culture Institute. Most will continue as full-time undergraduates at Virginia Tech in the fall.
Born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Northern Virginia, Mussa Seid said he's not the type to be tied down to one thing, be it a place, an interest, or a career. “I wanted a major that was flexible,” he explained. “I didn’t want to limit myself.”
Patrick Miele, graduating senior and Green Tailgate coordinator, is proud to play a strong role in helping to reduce the university’s environmental footprint through inspiring his fellow students to be more active in sustainability.
Colleen Pramenko will commission into the U.S. Air Force and put her meteorology degree and her experience with the Corps of Cadets to use as an environmental science officer with the 28th Operational Weather Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.
Panda took advantage of all that Virginia Tech had to offer, joining student groups, engaging in service activities, and exploring opportunities for undergraduate research - and ultimately found her calling.