Photos and video: Virginia Tech graduates ready to make global impression
In the midst of spitting rain, Hokie graduates, family, and friends gathered in Lane Stadium on Friday morning for Virginia Tech’s University Commencement Ceremony. The start of the event was delayed by an hour due to nearby lightning
The rain eased throughout the ceremony, which featured Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech’s legendary retired football coach, as commencement speaker. The ceremony also recognized recipients of the Alumni Distinguished Service Award; Heywood Fralin, who received the William H. Ruffner Medal; and Steve Mollenkopf, recipient of the University Distinguished Achievement Award.
“Today I’m probably more nervous than any game that we ever played in,” said Beamer, addressing the Class of 2019, who entered Virginia Tech as freshman the same year that Beamer began his final year as the Hokies head football coach in 2015. Read his full remarks.
The Class of 2019 includes graduates receiving 5,485 bachelor’s degrees and 52 associates degrees.
Commencement ceremonies for individual colleges and departments continue throughout the weekend. See a complete list.