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Commencement revisions announced

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 09 - October 19, 1995

Beginning with 1995 Fall Commencement, the university will confer advanced degrees in a separate ceremony.

Commencement for master's, CAGS, and doctoral candidates will take place Friday, Dec. 15, at 2:30 p.m. in Burruss auditorium. The bachelor and associate degree candidates will be recognized at the University Ceremony in Cassell Coliseum at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16.

"We continue to be amazed at the number of people participating in the fall ceremony. It is successful beyond our expectations. Adding a separate program for graduate candidates enables us to more adequately honor all of our graduates. The Saturday program had become too big and too long," said Ed Henneke, University Commencement Committee chair and professor and department head, engineering science and mechanics.

Virginia Tech began Fall Commencement in 1991 and quickly outgrew Burruss Hall, moving to Cassell the following year. During Fall Commencement in1994, the university conferred 1,027 undergraduate, graduate, and certificates of advanced graduate study. Having a separate ceremony for graduate candidates in December will again enable hooding of Ph.D. recipients. Because of time constraints, hooding was eliminated from Fall Commencement in 1994.