Digital pioneer and chairman of the National Geographic Society, Jean Case will deliver the keynote address at Virginia Tech’s University Commencement Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 12, in Lane Stadium.

More than 7,000 graduates and their families and friends are expected to attend. Complete information can be found on the commencement website.

Virginia Tech will offer live-stream video of the University Commencement ceremony from the university homepage.

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Jean Case is the chairman of the National Geographic Society, CEO of the Case Foundation, and founder of For What It’s Worth.

Guidelines for media coverage

  • Media members planning to cover the ceremony are asked to RSVP to Margaret Ashburn at by noon on Thursday, May 11.

  • Media members are advised to arrive by 7:30 avoid traffic backups.

  • Credentials will not be issued but reporters/photographers/videographers are asked to wear/display a media ID badge.

  • No parking pass is needed for most of the parking lots surrounding Lane Stadium. The exception is the Cassell Coliseum lot, which is reserved for special needs parking and officials speaking at the ceremony.

  • A mult box will be available on the field.

  • Reporters and photographers may move around the field among the graduates as long as it is done without disruption and does not block the view of the graduates. Enter the field through the South End Zone tunnels used for the student procession. Presentation of media ID badge required.

  • No filming or photography is allowed directly in front of the stage during the ceremony, with the exception of official university cameras.

  • Virginia Tech media relations will have representatives on the field to assist the media. Call Margaret Ashburn at 540-529-0814 for assistance.

Commencement quick facts

  • Approximately 6,800 bachelor’s degree candidates from all colleges will be honored throughout the weekend.

  • 3,813 graduating Hokies completed their baccalaureate degree programs with honors, having achieved cumulative GPAs of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.

  • The College of Engineering has the most students graduating (2,109), followed by Pamplin College of Business, College of Science and College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.  

The University Commencement ceremony will be held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony in Lane Stadium may be delayed. If heavy rain or dangerous conditions prevail, the university may cancel the ceremony. Details will be posted on the Virginia Tech homepage, the commencement page, and on official social media channels.


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