There are two University commencements – one for Spring candidates and one for Fall candidates (which includes Summer 1 and Summer 2 candidates).

Please select the term in which you are completing your requirements:

Commencement Information

Dates and Times:

Guest Limits and Tickets:

  • There are no guest limits or tickets required for the University Ceremony. Most departmental and college ceremonies do not require tickets or have a guest limit. Please contact your department to verify.

Diplomas:

  • Diplomas are distributed at the college/departmental ceremonies on Saturday.

Accommodations for Guests:

  • For information regarding accommodations in the Blacksburg/Christiansburg area visit the Campus Guide.
  • For information on accommodations on-campus visit the Student Programs Commencement Housing webpage.

Excusing Yourself from Commencement:

  • If you are planning on not attending the University Ceremony: No notification is necessary if you are not planning on attending the University Ceremony. Diplomas are not distributed at the University Ceremony.
  • If you are planning on not attending your departmental ceremony: you may excuse yourself and arrange to receive your diploma via mail.

Multiple Degree Candidates:

  • If you are receiving more than one degree and are only able to attend one of your college/deparment ceremonies, please e-mail the Office of the University Registrar to indicate which you will be attending. The Office of the University Registrar can arrange for all of your diplomas to be at the ceremony you are attending.

Please verify that your address is correct on Hokie SPA under the Degree Menu, Select Add/Update Undergraduate Diploma Address.

There is NO Summer Commencement Ceremony.

  • Candidates for Summer 1 and Summer 2 are included in the Fall Commencement Ceremony (see below).

If you wish to participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony PRECEEDING the Summer term in which you will complete your requirements, contact your Academic Dean's Office/Department.

Diplomas:

  • Diplomas for Summer 1 and Summer 2 candidates are mailed out approximately 12 weeks following the end of the term.

Please verify that your address is correct on Hokie SPA under the Degree Menu, Select Add/Update Undergraduate Diploma Address.

Dates and Times:

Guest Limits and Tickets:

  • There are no guest limits or tickets required for the Fall Ceremony

Diplomas:

  • Diplomas for Fall candidates are mailed out approximately 12 weeks following the end of the term.

Accommodations for Guests:

  • For information regarding accommodations in the Blacksburg/Christiansburg area visit the Campus Guide.
  • For information on accommodations on-campus visit the Student Programs Commencement Housing webpage.

Excusing Yourself from Commencement:

  • If you are planning on not attending the University Ceremony: No notification is necessary if you are not planning on attending the University Ceremony. Diplomas are not distributed at the University Ceremony.

Multiple Degree Candidates:

  • If you are receiving more than one degree and are only able to attend one of your college/deparment ceremonies, please e-mail the Office of the University Registrar to indicate which you will be attending. The Office of the University Registrar can arrange for all of your diplomas to be at the ceremony you are attending.

Please verify that your address is correct on Hokie SPA under the Degree Menu, Select Add/Update Undergraduate Diploma Address.

 

Academic apparel is available in the University Bookstore generally a few months before graduation. Visit the Bookstore website around that time for more information.

Do I qualify for an honors sash?

You must have:

  • A 3.4 or better overall GPA
  • Completed at least 60 Virginia Tech hours

(If you have 60 Virginia Tech hours after your last term – you can not pick up your sash at the bookstore; you must see your Dean’s Office to see if you qualify).

Dates and Times: