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Video: Dear professor ...
The Class of 2016
We invited three professors to our studio without telling them the reason for the visit. What happened next, as the Internet says, will leave you smiling.
Multimedia: 2016 Spring Commencement
Storify: Virginia Tech graduates at Commencement
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Congratulations to the nearly 6,000 Hokies who received Virginia Tech degrees during the spring Graduate School and University Commencement ceremonies, attended by some 25,000 proud family members and friends!

Memorial Day tribute
Virginia Tech's War Memorial Court
Etched with the names of Virginia Tech students and graduates who died defending our nation's freedom, the Pylons above War Memorial Chapel hold a special place in Hokie hearts. The cenotaph at the center of War Memorial Court displays the names of the university's seven Medal of Honor recipients.

Help Tech select a new license plate design
proposed Virginia Tech license plates
Virginia Tech is considering the addition of a new design to its personalized plates offered through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Because DMV allows the addition of only one new design at a time, we need your input.
Vote for your favorite design here
Revenue from the sale of Virginia Tech license plates directly benefits university scholarships. Learn more in "Hokie Spirit: License plate programs bolster pride" in the summer 2013 edition of Virginia Tech Magazine.

Are you feeling the Hokiemoji?
Virginia Tech Hokiemoji keyboard
Featuring more than 80 emojis of iconic Virginia Tech imagery, inside jokes (horse on a treadmill!), and HokieBird faces, Tech's emoji keyboard is available for download on the App Store and on Google Play.

Virginia Tech students in Ecuador
Led by Virginia Tech Global Change Center researchers Ignacio Moore and Bill Hopkins, 10 Tech undergraduates are exploring the Amazonian river systems in the heart of Ecuador and carrying out research projects developed in a spring semester class, Tropical Biology and Conservation in Ecuador.
Follow the adventure until June 7: The students are blogging and posting to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #VTEcuador.
Video: Mike Genovese's first year at Virginia Tech
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Video: Virginia Tech alumna Alex Gale
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2016 Steger Poetry Prize competition participants and supporters
Steger Poetry Prize winners, finalists, and supporters: (back row, from left) Nneoma Nwankwo; Roxanne Smith; Amanda Nicole Bouvette; Shelby Dodd; Michaela Goldammer, first-place winner; Virginia Tech President Emeritus Charles W. Steger; Dennis and Donna Treacy, Steger Poetry Prize supporters; University Distinguished Professor of English Nikki Giovanni; Layne Mandros; Aimee Hahn, third-place winner; Caroline Sutphin, second-place winner; Daron Hennessey; Rachel Molloy; (front row, from left) Joseph Eska, Department of English chair; and Steven Critchfield, Steger Poetry Prize supporter.
Receiving more than 100 entries from students campuswide, the 11th annual Steger Poetry Prize competition awarded first place to Michaela Goldammer, a sophomore double majoring in electrical engineering and creative writing.
Hear Goldammer read her winning poem, "To Earhart."

Virginia Tech Alumni Association
It's student send-off season!
Virginia Tech Alumni Association's Southeastern Michigan chapter student send-off picnic
Last year, the Southeastern Michigan Alumni Chapter hosted a well-attended student send-off picnic full of Hokie pride—even the dog wore orange and maroon. Photo by Shankar Photography.
A long-standing summer tradition for our alumni chapters, student send-offs welcome incoming freshmen to the Hokie Nation and send returning students back to campus in style.
Held in June, July, and August from Seattle to Jacksonville, these gatherings — cookout-style picnics, potlucks, catered meals, or preseason tailgates — are a classic way to celebrate summer with fellow alumni, students, and families. Last year, one chapter included community service projects, providing a unique opportunity to introduce students to the university's dedication to its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).
Contact your local chapter to learn what's planned for this summer.
Strong Together events in North Carolina
Virginia Tech leaders Menah Pratt-Clarke and Matthew Winston Jr.
Menah Pratt-Clarke and Matthew Winston Jr. '90
Join fellow alumni and university faculty for an evening of Hokie networking and alumni updates with special guests Menah Pratt-Clarke, vice president for strategic affairs and vice provost for inclusion and diversity; and Matthew M. Winston Jr. '90, senior associate vice president for alumni relations.
Attire is business casual for these free events that include hors d'oeuvres. A short program will begin at 6:45 p.m. Because space is limited, advance registration is required.
Wednesday, June 15
6-8 p.m.
Kennedy's Premium Bar and Grill
366 North Caswell Rd.
• Register here

Thursday, June 16
6-8 p.m.
1941 New Garden Rd. #208
• Register here
Don't miss these opportunities to learn more about the many alumni diversity initiatives on campus, including the upcoming multicultural tailgate, the Ex Lapide Society, legacy admissions programs, the Multicultural Alumni Advisory Board, and more.
Tech's first black female students celebrated
Video: Virginia Tech's first black female students
In 1966, Virginia Tech's first black female students arrived on the Blacksburg campus. Fifty years later, their legacy was celebrated during last month's Black Alumni Reunion, "A Silver and Gold Celebration: Treasuring the Legacy of Black Graduates at Virginia Tech."
Three of these trailblazing women — La Verne Hairston Harris, Linda Edmonds Turner (clothing and textiles '70, M.B.A. '75, Ph.D. general business '79), and Marguerite Harper Scott (history '70) — attended the reunion and were presented with a resolution from the Alumni Association that acknowledged their role in opening doors for future generations and helping to diversify campus.
Ut Prosim in action
Samuel Young, Charlie Wood, and Tom Falat
(From left) Samuel Young, president of Astyra Corporation; Charlie Wood '70, 2016 Henrico Community Leader of the Year; and Tom Falat, chair of the Henrico Business Council. Photo by Ian Williams.
As president since 2008 of the Alumni Association's Richmond chapter — one of the largest chapters in Virginia — Charles T. "Charlie" Wood (economics '70) has worked to forge connections among Tech alumni.
Through Career Prospectors, a free nonprofit he cofounded in 2002, Wood is also credited with connecting more than 2,000 out-of-work professionals with jobs in the Richmond region.
For his efforts, Wood was named the 2016 Henrico Community Leader of the Year by ChamberRVA's Henrico Business Council at an awards ceremony in May.
Learn more about Wood, the award, and Career Prospectors.
Mark your calendars
Virginia Tech Alumni Association events
JUNE 13 Hokie Classic Golf Tournament
JUNE 25 Summer Beer Festival at Virginia Tech
FALL 2016 Reunions and Homecomings

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