Virginia Tech announces plans for spring commencement ceremony for Class of 2020

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — In between the 15 in-person commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021, Virginia Tech will also host a Class of 2020 commencement in Lane Stadium this May. 

According to Virginia Tech, this ceremony — which is set to take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12 — is open to all Class of 2020 undergraduates.

However, the university says Class of 2020 graduate students may attend one of the two Graduate School ceremonies for the Class 2021, which are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, May 10 and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11.

School officials say participation in college ceremonies will depend on space available. As a result, undergraduates from fall 2020 will be able to choose between attending their college’s Class of 2021 ceremony or the Class of 2020 ceremony on May 12.  

When spring commencement plans were announced recently, feedback from the Class of 2020 reportedly indicated some alumni wanted to participate in a ceremony this spring. 

According to the university, members of the Class of 2020 will be prompted via email to sign up for commencement ceremonies the week of April 19.

Then, during the week of April 26, grads will be able to start registering up to four guests, Virginia Tech says.

Ceremonies will reportedly include social distancing and face coverings. In addition, the university has prohibited gatherings outside Lane Stadium.

“These ceremonies in May will not replace a celebration at a later date for the Class of 2020 and their families,” Virginia Tech said in a statement shared on Wednesday, April 7. “All 2020 graduates will be welcomed back to celebrate together when public health restrictions have eased.”

Schools officials say they will share additional updates about commencement — including information about signing up to participate this spring and details about a future celebration — via email and at vt.edu/commencement

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