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Video: Virginia Tech Commencement 2015
Here's to the Class of 2015!
More than 30,000 friends and family packed Lane Stadium as some 5,000 Hokies earned degrees at Virginia Tech's spring commencement on May 15. The ceremony featured a keynote address by Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, a Blacksburg native whose father long taught at Tech.
Meet the graduates in these #HokieGrad posts made to Twitter and Instagram as part of the commencement celebration.
Video: Getting ready for commencement
From printing programs to prepping Worsham Field, considerable work is required to put on commencement—and it's worth every minute.

Around the Drillfield
President Sands challenges university to undertake visioning process
On May 12, President Timothy D. Sands announced a new "visioning initiative" to help inform Virginia Tech's future directions and programs, particularly the next strategic planning effort. The visioning process is centered both on advancing the university's status as an internationally recognized, global land-grant institution and on addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing landscape of higher education. Over the next 12 months, the campus and extended university community will be asked to participate in the process. More ...
Virginia Tech Graduate School graduation ceremony
Ranking No. 355 overall, Virginia Tech is positioned near the top 10 percent in the annual QS World University Rankings of more than 3,500 universities around the globe.
Virginia Tech campus
More than 300 construction, maintenance, and renovation projects with an estimated cost of $10 million are set to take place this summer on the Virginia Tech campus.
President Timothy D. Sands and Pamplin Dean Robert Sumichrast at the Nasdaq MarketSite
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Ringing the Nasdaq opening bell
Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands and Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast rang the opening bell at 9:30 a.m. on April 30 at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York City's Times Square. View the event ...
Sands and Sumichrast visited the Nasdaq MarketSite with Virginia Tech alumni in the New York City area and other representatives from Virginia Tech and Pamplin, including its Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which was launched in 2013 to support entrepreneurship and innovation programs across the university.
Zoey, a VT PAWS therapy dog
Dogs days of a pleasant sort
With a GoPro camera strapped to her back, Zoey, a VT Helping PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Service) therapy dog, made an appearance at Newman Library to help relieve students' stress as they prepared for final exams.
VT Helping PAWS animals are used across campus for reading programs that put children at ease, for stress relief during finals week, and even during counseling sessions. Learn more in "Campus Canines Exploring the human-animal bond at Virginia Tech" in Virginia Tech Magazine.
Your Hokie pets on our Pinterest
Link, a Hokie through and throughBecause our pets are Hokies, too, we want to share their sweet faces on our Pinterest board, "Hokie Pets."

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In the meantime, browse the board of pets sporting their finest Virginia Tech regalia.

Hands-on, Minds-on
Student at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Medical student research on display
Virginia Tech's student-run rescue squad
Student-run rescue squad helps keep campus safe

Men's tennis coach named coach of the year, four Hokies receive All-ACC honors
Virginia Tech tennis
Virginia Tech HokiesIn late April, Virginia Tech head men's tennis coach Jim Thompson was named the Atlantic Coach Conference (ACC) Men's Tennis Coach of the Year, having guided the Hokies to a 19-4 record overall (10-2 ACC), going 9-3 against nationally ranked opponents.
For the first time since joining the ACC in 2004, four of Thompson's players earned All-ACC honors: Andreas Bjerrehus and Amerigo Contini were named to the second team, and Hunter Koontz and Joao Monteiro to the third team.

Inaugural Gobblers awards show recognizes Tech athletes' top moments and performances
Video: Gobblers awards show
The Virginia Tech athletics department celebrated the athletic and academic accomplishments of its student-athletes and coaches on May 6 at the inaugural Gobblers awards show held at the Moss Arts Center.
Replacing the All-Sports Banquet, the show was similar to the ESPYS and featured entertainment interspersed throughout the evening. Andrew Allegretta, the radio voice for women's basketball and baseball, served as the event's master of ceremonies.
Wrestler Devin Carter and diver Kaylea Arnett were named the male and female athlete of the year, respectively.
For the latest on Virginia Tech athletics, follow @hokiesports on Twitter.

Fit for a Hokie
Virginia Tech sweatshirts
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Congratulations to the second round of winners: Mohomad Raseem Farook '14, Wayne Hewitt '65, Joe Kantor '05, Anna M. Locke '00, and Grant M. Otto '06. Let's go, Hokies!

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Twitter Takeover
Because Virginia Tech is a community of really cool people, we want those voices to take over the university's @im_a_hokie Twitter account for a week to give our followers an inside look at life on campus and encourage students to choose Virginia Tech. Not only will we change our avatar to your picture, we'll let the Hokie Nation know that you're doing the tweeting. We also encourage you to request a specific week to tweet during an event on campus. Tweeters have to agree to some ground rules and cannot use the program to promote themselves or their friends or to sell anything. Alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to apply now.
Video: WDBJ7 - Twitter allows you to see Virginia Tech through a new set of eyes each week
"Twitter allows you to see Virginia Tech through a new set of eyes each week" • WDBJ7, Roanoke, Virginia

Alumni Association News and Events
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Speaker series features ABC News' senior justice correspondent
June 4
Pierre Thomas
The inaugural Multicultural Speaker Series: Uncommon Faces will feature ABC News' senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas (communication '84), who will discuss his career at ABC News and his journey from Virginia Tech to the newsroom, at 7:30 p.m. on June 4 at the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington.
The event is free and open to the public, and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Please register online ...
Summer events for alumni
Summer Beer Festival
Summer is a great time to join with family, friends, and fellow alumni and return to campus. Brush up on your history of the region, join an amazing group of women for an invigorating weekend, compete in the third annual Hokie Classic golf tournament, or partake in our one-of-a-kind, family-friendly Summer Beer Festival at Virginia Tech.
 The Rich Heritage of Southwest Virginia, June 5-6
 The Virginia Tech Alumni Association Hokie Classic, June 15
 Summer Beer Festival at Virginia Tech, June 27, June 27
 Women's Weekend at Virginia Tech, July 17-19
2015 reunions and homecomings
Learn more and register online at the Alumni Association's reunion website.

Sept. 7 – Ohio State University
Class of 1990 – 25th reunion
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Sept. 12 – Furman University
Corps of Cadets
College of Natural Resources and Environment

Oct. 3 – University of Pittsburgh
Class of 1975 – 40th Reunion
College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Pamplin College of Business

Oct. 9 – North Carolina State University
Class of 1980 – 35th reunion
Class of 1970 – 45th reunion
Graduate School
Marching Virginians

Oct. 24 – Duke University
Class of 1965 – 50th reunion
Young alumni
Alumni center open house and tailgate
College of Engineering
Resident advisor and Residence Hall Federation reunion

Nov. 21 – University of North Carolina
Class of 1985 – 30th reunion
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
College of Science
Library resources available for alumni
Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets museum
Although it may have been a spell since you last crammed for a final, Virginia Tech alumni have access to University Libraries' online databases, which contain a wealth of fascinating information.