By TRAVIS HANDY
The fall semester is drawing to a close and, to the delight of students of all ages, winter break is on its way. Two local universities will hold winter or fall commencement ceremonies in the coming week to recognize the combined academic achievements of nearly 3,000 students.
Radford University’s Winter Commencement exercises will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15, with 417 students set to receive undergraduate degrees—the largest number of undergraduate degrees conferred in any winter commencement ceremony in RU’s history.
RU President Penelope Kyle will confer 288 Bachelor of Science, 53 Bachelor of Business Administration, 45 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 15 Bachelor of Arts, eight Bachelor of Fine Arts and eight Bachelor of Music degrees.
A joint commencement ceremony between the colleges of Business and Economics, Science and Technology, Visual and Performing arts and the Waldron College of Health and Human Services will be held at 10 a.m. in Bondurant Auditorium, Preston Hall.
The College of Education and Human Development and College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences will honor their graduates in the same auditorium in a 1 p.m. ceremony.
According to RU, speakers at both ceremonies will be Associate Professor Laura Jacobsen, president of the RU Faculty Senate and faculty representative to the RU Board of Visitors and Emily Redd, president of the RU Student Government Association.
Virginia Tech will hold its 2012 Fall Commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 21, in Cassel Coliseum, recognizing the accomplishments of approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Students who completed their academic work at the end of the summer session or the fall semester will be recognized at this ceremony.
Undergraduate students will be recognized at the University Commencement Ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cassel Coliseum. Bachelor degrees will be awarded to students from each of VT’s seven undergraduate colleges.
Families and guests attending that ceremony are encouraged to be seated by 10:15 a.m. The procession of students and faculty will begin at 10:40 a.m.
The Graduate School ceremony will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., also in Cassel Coliseum, when degrees will be conferred to 1,039 graduate students. Guests of the Graduate School ceremony are asked to be seated by 2:15 p.m. as the procession of students and faculty will begin at 2:45.
Annie Hesp, instructor of Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences will give the keynote address at the University Commencement Ceremony. The husband and wife team of Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University, and Noel Schulz, associate dean for research and graduate programs and Paslay Professor of electrical and Computer Engineering at Kansas State, will deliver the Graduate School ceremony address. Both are VT alumni.