Virginia Tech To Hold Undergraduate And Graduate Fall Commencement Ceremonies On Dec. 19

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 24, 2003 – Virginia Tech will hold both undergraduate and graduate Fall Commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 19. The undergraduate ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. and will be followed by the graduate ceremony at 3 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in Cassell Coliseum.

Last year, 987 students received undergraduate degrees and 513 students received graduate degrees during Fall Commencement Ceremonies.Spring Commencement Ceremonies will be held Friday, May 14, 2004. Individual college ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 15.

In previous years, graduate and undergraduate Fall Commencement ceremonies have been held on Friday evening and Saturday morning, respectively. The University Commencement Committee will review the new commencement schedule after the event to determine if this schedule will continue in the future.

Virginia Tech is committed to continuing and improving the tradition of Fall Commencement, said Ed Henneke, chair of the university commencement committee and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering. According to Henneke, the new schedule has several benefits, including added convenience to families who plan to travel to and from Blacksburg on Friday, as well as a more efficient use of university resources and facilities. Henneke noted the university commencement committee found scheduling last spring's university-wide Spring Commencement on one day was successful, and reinforced its decision to hold both graduate and undergraduate ceremonies on one day this fall.

Deadlines for exams (Dec. 18) and grade sheets (Dec. 20) will continue as scheduled.