From: Division of Auxiliary and Business Services

Virginia Tech's spring University Commencement ceremony is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 12, in Lane Stadium. The influx of graduates and their families arriving creates traffic congestion on the southern end of campus and along major arterial roadways.

To minimize congestion, Amy Sebring, executive vice president and chief operating officer, has approved an 11 a.m. opening for all university offices in Blacksburg on May 12. The authorized closing will be from 6 a.m. - 11 a.m. Designated emergency personnel who work during that time will receive authorized closing leave for their time worked. Employees who are not involved with commencement are urged not to travel to campus before the 11 a.m. opening. 

Certain offices must be open for commencement or for operational reasons. Thus, supervisors should use judgment and staff appropriately.

Employees who work fully remote or hybrid schedules or whose offices are located outside Blacksburg are expected to work their normal schedule at their alternate or regular work site.

Employees are cautioned that traffic is typically heavy before and after the commencement events along Southgate Drive, Beamer Way, and Washington Street. Cassell Coliseum and the South End Zone lots will also be closed or restricted.

Employees should adjust travel and parking plans accordingly.

For more information, visit the Commencement website.

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