Virginia Tech will hold a commencement on campus next month for Class of 2020 graduates who missed out on an in-person celebration last spring. The university announced the ceremony will take place in Lane Stadium at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 12.
Students who graduated in 2020 may also attend one of two Class of 2021 graduate school ceremonies, which will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 10, and 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 11.
The commencement this spring won’t preclude another event for the Class of 2020 that is still to be determined. “These ceremonies in May will not replace a celebration at a later date for the Class of 2020 and their families. All 2020 graduates will be welcomed back to celebrate together when public health restrictions have eased,” Tech said.
A majority of Class of 2020 grads surveyed didn’t want to return to campus next month to celebrate with the Class of 2021, the university had previously said. On Wednesday, Tech noted that some alumni did want to participate in a commencement this spring.
As with other commencements next month, Class of 2020 grads may bring up to four guests. They must register the week of April 19.
Commencements will require physical distancing and masks. Gatherings outside Lane Stadium, including tailgating, will not be allowed.