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I attended an in-person ceremony, how can I get the photo of me walking across stage?

GradImages took photos on the stage and a head shot off stage and will email graduates who provided an email address a free photo. The coupon code for GradImages is GIFT5721 and is valid for 30 days.

Only the photos taken by GradImages will be sent to students. 

If you have any questions regarding these photos, contact GradImages at gradimages.com and or (800) 261-2576  or ecc.giservice@gradimages.net.

When is spring commencement?

University Commencement will be online May 14. Colleges will host smaller, in-person ceremonies in Lane Stadium May 10-16.

The in-person ceremonies will be held in accordance with public health guidelines and gathering outside the stadium is prohibited. All participants of the in-person ceremonies must be registered to attend. Students who register will receive an email the week of April 19 to sign up their guests. 

Each ceremony is expected to last two hours. Large colleges will have more than one ceremony, students will select which time they will attend. If a graduate would traditionally attend a departmental ceremony they should now attend their college ceremony. 

How do I sign up for an in-person college ceremony?

Students can sign up online starting March 31. Parents cannot sign up students. Students must sign up by April 16.  

The week of April 19, all registered students will receive an email to secure up to four guest tickets. Registration for graduating students and their guests is required. Each graduate may invite up to four guests. Children and babies are counted as guests. Guest tickets will be emailed to the student who is registering guests.

In order to comply with the state guidelines, information for each guest must be submitted when signing up for tickets. Entrance without a ticket will not be permitted. 

What about the Class of 2020? When will they be able to celebrate their commencement?

Feedback from some Class of 2020 members showed they wanted an option to participate this spring. A Class of 2020 ceremony will be hosted on Wednesday, May 12 at 1 p.m. in Lane Stadium. Participation in college ceremonies will depend on space available. Fall 2020 graduates will have the option to choose between their college’s 2021 ceremony and the Class of 2020 ceremony on May 12. Class of 2020 graduate students can register for one of the 2021 Graduate School ceremonies. 

The 2020 ceremony on May 12 is open to all undergraduates. Registration will open on April 19 for all available ceremonies for the Class of 2020. Undergraduates and graduates who register to attend a ceremony will receive an email the week of April 26 allowing them to register up to four guests. You will be contacted by email to register guests. The number of guests will be limited to four.

I'm a member of the Class of 2020, but I didn't receive an email, why?

You might have opted not to receive messages from Virginia Tech or perhaps we don't have you most up to date information. Email alumni@vt.edu to make updates. 

I'm a student trying to sign up for a ceremony and I'm worried I won't get in. What can you tell me?

There are enough spots for all grads. You just need to sign up by April 16. Then, during the week of April 19, all registered students will receive an email to secure up to four guest tickets.

If you are placed in a virtual waiting room to get tickets please "stay in line." If you run into technical issues email squirestickets@vt.edu or call 540-231-5615 and someone will get back with you during business hours. 

I'm a parent how can I sign up my student for commencement?

Parents cannot sign up their students. Students must sign up and later register their guests. 

I am a graduate student. Do I attend my college ceremony or the Graduate School ceremony?

Graduate students should attend the Graduate School ceremony

I am a dual major, which ceremony do I go to?

Students should pick one ceremony to participate in and sign up.

I can’t attend my in-person ceremony. What are my options?

All in-person ceremonies will be live streamed to vt.edu/commencement. You can watch online. All graduates can also tune in to the virtual university commencement ceremony on May 14 at 6:15 p.m. ET.

Where can I find the schedule for the in-person events?

The schedule for in-person ceremonies can be found online. Each event will also be lived streamed and available at vt.edu/commencement.

For the in-person ceremonies, when will Lane Stadium open for students and guests?

The stadium will be open one hour before the ceremony start time.

I’m planning to travel to Blacksburg for an in-person ceremony. Where can I find lodging information?

Information about lodging options and reservations can be found online. 

Where do I park for an in-person ceremony?

Parking will be available in Stadium Lot/Lot 2, Maintenance Lot/Lot 3, and Chicken Hill Lot/Lot 5.

I need to request accommodations for the in-person ceremony. How do I do that?

Requests for disability accommodations for student participants must be made to the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at ssd@vt.edu at least 10 business days in advance of the ceremony date.

Requests for accommodations for guests attending the individual in-person college commencement ceremonies must be made to the Office of Equity and Accessibility at adaaccess@vt.edu at least 10 business days in advance of the ceremony date.

More information about requesting accommodations can be found online

What about the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the greater Washington D.C. metro area, will they host ceremonies?

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the greater Washington D.C. metro area will also have in person ceremonies which will take place in Roanoke and Falls Church, respectively. The school of medicine will host its ceremony May 8 and the D.C. area ceremony will be May 18. Details about these ceremonies will be communicated to graduates separately.

What about the Corps of Cadets will they be recognizing graduates? 

The Corps of Cadets will also host a graduation ceremony. It will be May 3 at 5:30 p.m. on Upper Quad. Details will be available at vtcc.vt.edu/commencement.

Will these in-person events be like a traditional commencement ceremony?

While all of Hokie Nation is thrilled to commemorate this milestone in person, it will not be a traditional commencement ceremony. Graduates and guests will not be permitted to gather in large numbers outside the stadium. Tailgating and congregating will not be allowed and public health measures will still be in place. Masks are required and social distancing will be in place, a pod of family members must sit 10 feet from other pods. 

What can I bring into the stadium for the in-person ceremonies?

Attendees are permitted to bring one clear plastic bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches or a one-gallon, clear, re-sealable plastic storage bag per person. Attendees are also allowed a small clutch purse not to exceed 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Wallets must also conform to this size requirement.

No other bags will be allowed inside. All items, including clear bags and clutch purses, are subject to search at all commencement venues. No items can be left or stored at the doors/gates.

A list of prohibited items can be found online.

Is Virginia Tech hosting in-person events and an online commencement?

Yes, the university is hosting both smaller in-person college ceremonies, as well as an online university commencement ceremony. Hokies will have a chance to celebrate in person, as well as mark the occasion online where friends and family from anywhere can join in the fun. Hosting both online and in person events will give all of Hokie Nation a chance to participate and celebrate the Class of 2021.

How can I learn more about the virtual ceremony and participate?

Past ceremonies can be viewed online for families and students to see what they can expect and how to take part in the event.

More than 10,000 Hokies have graduated during the pandemic with family and friends watching online and cheering on the newest members of the Hokie alumni community. The online ceremony gives family, friends, and alumni all over the world a chance to join together for one large celebration to honor graduates.

Students and families are encouraged to submit photos and videos that could be shared during the ceremony.

How can I purchase graduation regalia?

Regalia is available to purchase online and pick up in store. Regalia is required to participate in the in-person college commencement ceremonies.

How do I get my cords?

Cords are given to graduates from colleges and units. Check with your college or unit on any cord you are interested in wearing. They will communicate directly with you on how you can pick up or when you will receive your cord.

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. The bookstore is 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.