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Commencement exercises scheduled for May 9, 10

By Netta S. Smith

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 28 - April 17, 1997

More than 4,000 students are eligible to graduate from Virginia Tech this spring. Preliminary figures, available at the time Spectrum went to press, indicate the university will confer 2,760 bachelors degrees, 878 masters, 210 Ph.D.'s, 79 DVM's, 36 associate degrees, 19 certificates of advanced graduate study, and 29 Ed.D.'s. According to university officials, not all graduates plan to attend Commencement ceremonies.

By college, degrees will be awarded as follows: Agriculture 283, Architecture 218, Arts and Sciences 1,179, Business 507, Engineering 945, Forestry and Wildlife 128, Human Resources and Education 668, and the Vet Med college, 83.

The joint undergraduate ceremony will be held Saturday, May 10, beginning at 9 a.m. in Lane Stadium. Raymond J. Lane, president and CEO of the Oracle Corp., is scheduled to speak. (Editor's note: More information on Lane will printed in a later edition of Spectrum.)

William H. Daughtrey Jr. will receive the University Distinguished Achievement Award. Daughtrey is president and CEO of Princeton Associates Inc., a management-consulting firm in Richmond. Previously, he was the group managing partner for the Virginia/Maryland Consulting Services at Coopers & Lybrand of Richmond. Daughtrey holds a B.S. in physics and an M.S. in nuclear physics from Virginia Tech.

The achievement award is presented for "nationally distinguished achievement, personal and/or professional, in any field of endeavor of enduring significance and value to the society." During the past 20 years Daughtrey has directed multiple engagements in the areas of systems requirements definition and implementation of productivity improvements, corporate organization and financial restructuring, and financial and cost-accounting improvement efforts within manufacturing and wholesale distribution industries. He also has developed a nation-wide reputation in the turnaround field and has served clients across the country.

The College of Veterinary Medicine ceremony will be held Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in Squires Haymarket Theatre.

The academic colleges will hold individual ceremonies at various times and locations throughout campus.