UPDATE 3:18 p.m. (5/13/22): Despite the gloomy weather, spirits were bright Friday morning as Gov. Glenn Youngkin joined thousands of Hokies — as well as their families and friends — in Blacksburg to share some insight for the Class of 2022 during Virginia Tech’s University Commencement.
As he stood behind the podium in Lane Stadium on Friday, Youngkin continued a 32-year tradition of first-year governors delivering the Virginia Tech commencement address.
“This is your day where all the hard work, the endless nights of studying, and deep relationships that have been forged, the academic success is all celebrated today,” said Youngkin. “It culminates one of your major life achievements, and I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all of you.”
You can watch Youngkin’s full commencement address by clicking here.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Hokies from the Class of 2022 are getting ready to walk the stage and throw their caps as Virginia Tech’s weeklong slate of commencement ceremonies kicks off! Not only will the university celebrate graduating seniors and graduate students, but also their families.
The first spring commencement ceremony took place on Saturday, May 7 at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, honoring 41 graduates.
However, according to Virginia Tech’s spring commencement schedule, the rest of the in-person ceremonies will be held between Wednesday, May 11 and Sunday, May 15 in Lane Stadium, unless otherwise noted:
- Wednesday, May 11:
- Graduate School Commencement at 3:30 p.m.
- Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (Bachelor of Science in Public Health) at 7 p.m.
- Thursday, May 12:
- Pamplin College of Business:
- Accounting and information systems, finance, hospitality and tourism management, and marketing at 8:30 a.m.
- Business information technology, management, and real estate at noon
- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at 3:30 p.m.
- College of Natural Resources and Environment at 7 p.m.
- Pamplin College of Business:
- Friday, May 13:
- University Commencement at 8:30 a.m.
- College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at 3:30 p.m.
- Corps of Cadets graduation and joint commissioning ceremony at 7 p.m. in Burruss Hall
- Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) at 7 p.m. in the Moss Arts Center
- Saturday, May 14:
- College of Architecture and Urban Studies at 8:30 a.m.
- College of Science at noon
- College of Engineering:
- Biological systems engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and systems engineering, and mining engineering at 3:30 p.m.
- Aerospace and ocean engineering, biomedical engineering and mechanics, civil and environmental engineering, construction engineering and management, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, May 15:
- Graduate School Commencement in the Washington, D.C. metro area at 1 p.m.
If you cannot make it to any of these events, you can watch their livestreams by clicking here.
Friday’s University Commencement ceremony will feature Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who plans to deliver the commencement address, continuing the school’s tradition of having new Virginia governors to speak to graduates.
In addition, school officials say three students will serve as the speakers at the Graduate School Commencement, including Neelma Bhatti, a Fulbright scholar earning a master’s degree in computer science and applications; Coogan Thompson, who is earning a Ph.D. in chemistry; and Lia Kelinsky-Jones, who is earning a Ph.D. in life sciences and agricultural education.
The university says there will also be 10 cultural achievement ceremonies throughout the week:
- Aliyah (a celebration of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11 at 6 p.m. in Brush Mountain Room A
- American Indian and Indigenous (for Native students) at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at the Indigenous Garden on Southgate Drive
- APIDA (for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American students) at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11 in the Owens Dining Banquet Hall
- Donning of the Kente (for those of African American heritage) at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11 in Commonwealth Ballroom A
- First Together (for first-generation undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. candidates) at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 in the CID lobby and performance room
- Gesta Latina (for student of Hispanic or Latino descent) at noon on Thursday, May 12 in Commonwealth Ballroom A
- Disabilities community
- Lavender (for LGBTQ+ graduates) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 in the GLC Auditorium and the GLC Multipurpose Room
- Veterans (for student graduates who are veterans of military service) at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 in the Hahn Horticultural Garden
- Recovery community (for student graduates who have overcome addictions) at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 12 in the Hahn Horticultural Garden
Before the majority of the festivities get underway, Virginia Tech shared the following facts about the graduates being honored during the spring 2022 commencement ceremonies:
- Virginia Tech will honor 40 associate degree candidates from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a total of 5,549 bachelor’s degree candidates from all colleges throughout the week.
- This year, 3,144 graduating Hokies completed their baccalaureate degree programs with honors by achieving cumulative GPAs of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Business information technology tops the list of most popular majors among this year’s graduating seniors, followed by computer science; mechanical engineering; human nutrition, foods, and exercise; and finance.
- Here’s a look at the number of bachelor’s degrees being awarded from each college:
- College of Engineering: 1,655
- Pamplin College of Business: 1,053
- College of Science: 854
- College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences: 846
- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: 548
- College of Architecture and Urban Studies: 351
- College of Natural Resources and Environment: 191
- Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine: 51
- The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is recognizing 250 graduates from its program, 158 of whom will enter service in the military as commissioned officers — including 76 in the U.S. Army, 39 in the U.S. Navy, 35 in the U.S Air Force, and eight in the U.S. Marine Corps. In addition, 56 are Citizen-Leader Track graduates.
- A total of 830 students will participate in the graduate school ceremonies, including 710 in Blacksburg and 120 in the Washington, D.C. area. About 200 Ph.D. recipients are expected for hooding at the Blacksburg commencement, with an additional 17 at the D.C. commencement.
- Here’s a look at the number of graduate degrees being awarded:
- Ph.D’s: 286
- Ed.D’s: 29
- Master’s degrees: 880
- Education specialists: 4
- Advanced Graduate Certificates: 222
- The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine plans to hand out Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees to 120 recipients.
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