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Commencement FAQs

When is the spring ceremony?

The ceremonies will be May 13-15. University Commencement is May 14 and the Graduate School Commencement is May 13. Updates will be posted to vt.edu/commencement as details are finalized.

When will you make a decision about how to host spring commencement?

We plan to share an update in early 2021 about spring plans. If current conditions remain, we would not be able to host an in-person event. We will consider all options and scenarios but must adhere to state and local public health guidelines. 

How can I purchase graduation regalia?

​Regalia is available at the University Bookstore, Volume Two Bookstore, and Hokieshop.com. 

How do I get my cords?

Because cords come from the colleges and units, check with them about how they are handling cords. 

How do I purchase honor sashes?

Honor sashes are available at the University Bookstore. If you are in Blacksburg, you can purchase your sash at the bookstore.

If you need your sash shipped to you, please order online at Hokieshop.com.

I’ve purchased my cap and gown, but I’d like to return them. How does that process work?

Caps and gowns can be returned with the cost of shipping deducted for any sealed cap and gown packages. Please make sure the package is sealed or you will not receive your refund. 

If you purchased a cap and gown online for pickup, please contact the bookstore to process your return. Email is the best way to reach the bookstore. You can find the complete Hokie Shop return policy online. 

Customers with specific questions may contact the bookstore by phone, email, or send a message directly from the return policy page. The University Bookstore can be reached at 540-231-5991 or virginiatech@bkstr.com. The address to ship returns is 115 Kent St., Blacksburg, VA 24061

Have return guidelines changed?

Yes. We are not accepting regalia that has been open, worn, or visibly used. Due to health concerns, opened regalia will not be accepted. 

I am graduating with my associate's or bachelor's degree. How will I get my diploma?

All undergraduate diplomas will be mailed to graduating students as soon as possible. Please update your diploma mailing address by following these instructions:

  • Log into HokieSpa: http://hokiespa.vt.edu

  • Go to the HokieSpa Tab

  • Click the Degree Menu

  • Select Undergraduate Student Degree Menu

  • Click Add/Update Diploma Address

  • Click Add/Update

Please allow 10-12 weeks after commencement to receive your printed diploma. Certified Electronic Diplomas (CeDiploma) may be available prior to receiving your printed diploma. You will be notified via email when your CeDiploma is available to order with instructions on how to order it.  

If you need verification immediately following graduation, you may request a certified letter or order your official transcripts through HokieSpa.

For questions about the diploma mailing process, please contact Rebecca Jones at beccaj@vt.edu.

I am graduating with my master’s degree or Ph.D. How will I get my diploma?

All diplomas will be mailed to graduating students as soon as possible. Please update your diploma mailing address by following these instructions:

  • Log into HokieSpa: http://hokiespa.vt.edu

  • Go to the HokieSpa Tab

  • Click the Degree Menu

  • Select Graduate Student Degree Menu

  • Click Add/Update Diploma Address

  • Click Add/Update

Please allow 10-12 weeks after commencement to receive your printed diploma.

If you need verification immediately following graduation, you may request a Letter of Completion or order your official transcripts through HokieSpa.

For questions about the diploma mailing process, please contact Graduate Admissions and Academic Progress at grads@vt.edu.

Need more information?

Don't see the answer to your question here? Contact the Office of Special Events at SpecialEventsOffice@vt.edu.