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A commencement update: Share what’s important to you

From: University Advancement 

Last week we shared with the Class of 2021 that the university was planning in-person moments to celebrate commencement and that the University Commencement ceremony would be online.

We don’t know yet what public health conditions will allow, but are planning for different scenarios based on what state and local restrictions could be in the coming months. 

Planning for those in-person gatherings is underway and we need your help. Please take a moment to share what’s most important to you about celebrating in person. 

Graduation is a cherished once-in-a-lifetime milestone for Hokies and their families. It’s hard to know what conditions will be like months from now, but it’s important that we explore all options. 

Restrictions in Virginia were eased in February. Certain outdoor sports and entertainment venues can operate at increased capacity. However, this does not include commencement ceremonies at this point in time, according to guidance from the state.

As public health conditions evolve and affect state guidelines on gathering sizes, we will adjust plans and share updates. We are hopeful that positive cases will decline across the state, spread in our community will decrease, and restrictions will continue to loosen. 

We need everyone’s help keeping positive COVID cases down. Now is the time to continue vigilance and the mitigation efforts we know work. We must stay the course if we want restrictions on gatherings to loosen.

We will continue to share commencement updates via email, online, and through Virginia Tech social media channels. In the meantime, here’s how you can get ready for commencement and stay informed.

For questions, please  contact the Office of Special Events at or 540-231-5027.


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