Media Advisory: Virginia Tech Commencement 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va., May 13, 2003 – Friday, May 9 • 7:30 p.m. • Lane Stadium

Speaker: Virginia Supreme Court Justice Leroy Hassell, Sr.

MEDIA ACCESS: NOTE: There will be no tunnel access to the field after 7:00 p.m.

Media entering Lane Stadium after 7:00 p.m. may access the field ONLY through the stands and down the ramp at Section 8 or 14.

Quick Facts:

It is Virginia Tech's 131st commencement year.

There are 3,749 undergraduate candidates.

Also, 34 students will receive agriculture associate degrees.

In the Graduate School ceremony at 3:00 p.m. on Friday in Cassell Coliseum, Debra Stewart, President of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) will deliver the keynote.

There will be 1,193 graduate students (968 master's, 190 Ph.D's, 11 Ed.D's, 20 education specialists, 4 CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies)) receiving diplomas.

Eighty-six students will receive their DVM (doctor of veterinary medicine degree) on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center.

Total VT graduates from academic year 2002-2003 (includes December graduates)

Undergraduates - 4,768

Graduates - 1,724

General information, accessibility accommodations, and schedule of events including departmental ceremony location and times can be found on Virginia Tech's homepage at