Virginia Tech will hold Fall Commencement ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate students Friday, Dec. 19 in Cassell Coliseum. The University Ceremony for undergraduate students will begin at 11 a.m. The Graduate School Ceremony will follow at 3 p.m.

Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger will preside over both ceremonies. It is expected that approximately 1,250 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students will participate in the two events.

Mathematics Professor Ezra "Bud" Brown, a member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1969, will give the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony. Walter Rugaber, Virginia Tech Presidential Fellow and former president and publisher of the Roanoke Times, will deliver the keynote address to graduate students.

At the undergraduate ceremony, Katie McCoy of Newark, Del., a senior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and vice president of the Class of 2004, will offer opening reflections to her fellow classmates. Nicole Reynolds of Stephenson, Va., a senior majoring in biology in the College of Science and president of the Class of 2004, will address the class. Katie Weaks of Richmond, Va., a senior majoring in human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, will offer closing reflections.

Neeraj "Jay" Khare, a doctoral student in chemical engineering and former chief justice of the graduate honor system and Cunningham Fellow, will deliver remarks to his classmates during the graduate ceremony.

Tickets are not required for either ceremony. Families and guests should plan to arrive early to in order to be seated for the procession of students and faculty.

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